– Igbo leaders, at the weekend, declared that people of Southeast living across the nation would continue to ply their trade and exercise their rights without fear.
– They charged the federal government to focus on the restructuring of the nation, and to foster equal rights and privileges to all the citizens of the country.
Former Minister of Health, Professor ABC Nwosu, briefed newsmen of this recent development after the cordial visit to the Ohaneze Ndigbo President General, John Nnia Nwodo, at the weekend.
The delegation, was led by High Chief Senator Ben Obi, and it included former governors Achike Udenwa and Okwesilieze Nwodo, first Chairman Niger Delta Development Commision, NDDC, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, Senator Azu Agboti, and former Ministers, Chief Dubem Onyia and Processor ABC Nwosu.
The delegation congratulated and thanked the Ohanaeze President General for his efforts in restructuring of the country.
Professor Nwosu mentioned that : “The delegation pledged their personal unflinching support and loyalty for the President General and Ohanaeze Ndigbo to ensure that this task of restructuring Nigeria for the benefit of all citizens is accomplished.
“The delegation was proud that the principled stand of Ndigbo on restructuring was galvanized by Ohanaeze Ndigbo under the very capable leadership of the President General and this resulted in the massive turnout of Ndigbo at the last general elections not only in the South East but throughout Nigeria, and vowed to assist the President General to ensure that Nigeria shall continue to feel the weight of Igbo votes until restructuring is accomplished, and those who continued to ignore Igbo votes in Nigeria do so at their risk.
“The delegation pleaded with the President General to ignore the activities by a few Ndigbo to sabotage the collective Igbo view since the Igbo votes strongly endorsed his position, but frowned seriously on the sell-out of Ohanaeze Ndigbo by the Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and urged that he should be strongly sanctioned.
“The Igbo leaders reiterated that the task of restructuring Nigeria into a nation that works for all its citizens and not just for only a section of its citizens, remains the top priority agenda of Ndigbo in Nigeria, and as the Igbo adage says, “the jaws do not rest until what is being chewed is finished,” the President General must ensure that this burning desire of Ndigbo for the restructuring of Nigeria continues to remain in the front burner of Nigerian politics.
“The task for Ndigbo now, according to the leaders, is to design the post general election agenda to maintain Igbo solidarity such that the Igbo post election agenda is not distracted by those lobbying for positions in government and those positioning to be President in 2023.
“It was clear that Ndigbo are not afraid and will not be afraid in Nigeria whether in Owerri, Lagos, Kano, Abuja, Aba, Enugu, Warri or Asaba to express their full citizenship rights and their dissatisfaction with the way they are being treated politically in Nigeria. The post election thinking of every Onye Igbo must be Igbo renaissance in a Nigeria that works.
“It is important that government must focus on restructuring and the task of nation building where all citizens of Nigeria are equal before the law and have equal opportunities to employment and other economic activities. Those who think that their can be senior and junior Nigerians must be told firmly that they are hallucinating.”