In 1976, the Ohaneze Ndigbo was founded from the ashes of the disbanded Igbo National Assembly (INA), with the sole aim of representing all Igbo sons and daughters both home and abroad.
The Igbo nation, still smarting from Nigeria-Biafra war setback saw the inescapable need to catch up with other regions, hence the remarkable efforts of notable heroes like Dr. Francis Akanu Ibiam, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, Dr. Pius Okigbo, among others.
Since the formation of Ohaneze Ndigbo, there has been several ignoble attempts, by those who fear that Igbo unity is dangerous to Nigeria’s reign of impunity, to scuttle all unification efforts of Ndígbo as manifested in the military government’s dismantling of Igbo National Assembly (INA), having realized that the Igbo nation strives on Igwebuike, a core Igbo value and philosophy that harps on the strength of togetherness.
The failure of the coordinated mission to dismantle the Ohaneze gave rise to the neocolonial and despotic crave to externally control her leadership structure through the cross-regional meddling in the hitherto democratic processes of choosing the Ohaneze leaders, which they have succeeded in doing and having hijacked the process, many Igbo have had cause to disregard Ohaneze’s claim of being the Igbo mouthpiece.
There’s an Igbo adage that states “oke nọ n’ụlọ gwara oke nọ na ama na azụ nọ na ngiga” loosely translated to mean that “the rat at home informed the rat outside that there’s a fish on the rafter”. This has continued to play out in the cowardly habit of the Igbo political elite who continue to run to the North for recognition, protection and mentorship, thereby informing all who cares to listen that AlaIgbo has a price, that AlaIgbo is penetrable, and that there are willing conduits for the perpetuation of the annexation of the caliphate’s feudalistic ambitions. These “boy-boy Igbo politicians have continued to demonstrate, now and again, that we belong to different political and socioeconomic worlds with them; a world where our aspiration, pride, ingenuity, pursuit of happiness are considered nondescript so long as it doesn’t cohere with that of their paymasters.
They have positioned themselves as willing tools in the hands of northern oligarchs in Nigeria and even beyond to demonstrate that WE CAN’T BREATH without the toxic oxygen of external godfatherism, exemplified in their continuos running to the North for turbaning prior to contesting for elective offices in Igboland, wherein they come to do their masters’ biddings.
The Ohaneze election is around the corner again. Igbo sons and daughters are expected to elect and have new leaders that will champion their sociocultural affairs for the next three years and Imo State is being tipped to produce the PG this time around, hence we are not surprised over the gathering of the wolves and hyenas in the caliphate extension called Imo Government House where anti Igbo decisions are taken.
A few days ago, the visiting governor of Imo State with other caliphate poster boys in their usual delight of doing their masters’ biddings conspired to present Ambassador George Obiozor, one out of the three or more contestants and whose track records we will lay bare soon, as the CONSENSUS candidate.
It is worthy of mentioning here, in case they have forgotten, that in Igbo sociopolitical space, no word like CONSENSUS exists without the consultation and input of the OHA, especially for a strategic body like the Ohaneze Ndígbo.
So we ask in clear terms:
Who did Mr Hope Uzodimma consult?
Where did the consultation take place?
Who convened the meeting and on whose authority?
On what authority is Mr Hope Uzodimma, Engr Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu and co speaking for the OHA?
Since there are other candidates, is it right for the imposed governor of Imo State to gather his ilk for another round of imposition?
Does the despotic production of a “consensus” candidate have a constitutional bearing in the Ohaneze?
If Ambassador George Obiozor is not a compromised man, why allow himself to be so endorsed in such a questionable manner by men whose claim to Igbo leadership is contentious?
Is Ambassador George Obiozor aware that if he wins, he’ll remain answerable to the dictates of the men who hand picked him?
And lastly, where is the Nwodo-led Ohaneze Ndígbo in all of these?
Until these questions and others are answered, Mr Hope Uzodimma, Engr Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu and others should desist from this unholy and ignoble venture. They should, if at all they want to do something worthwhile, organize a free and fair primaries election where the winner becomes the consensus candidate of the OHA. Anything else aside this is a No No for us and we join the IYC to pass a vote of No Confidence on any of such processes and their shameless organizers.
Enough Is Enough.
Coalition of Concerned Igbo Youths