Ambassador Professor George Obiozor, President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the release of Igbo youngsters arrested by various security agencies across the country.
According to him, releasing the youth and the Federal Government paying close attention to roads, bridges, railroads, and ports will invigorate the economy and have tangential effects on reducing youth restlessness and unemployment in the zone.
This was expressed by Professor Obiozor in his address delivered on the occasion of President Muhammadu Buhari’ s visit to Imo State on September 9.
Obiozor urged President Buhari to establish a zonal and state police apparatus to support and complement the existing federal security architecture, saying that Ndigbo security in Nigeria and beyond had become a compelling primary responsibility of serious concern for Ndigbo as the South- East turned into a theatre of conflict.
Professor Obiozor expressed his thoughts as follows: ” Mr President your visit and presence today in Igboland and Owerri, Imo State, in particular, r, r, has more than political significance. In the manner of symbolism, this visit has thrown light into the cloudiness and doubts surrounding the perception of the relations between your government and Ndigbo. Your presence reassures us that there is still reason for optimism for Nigeria and Nigerian unity.
As President General Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Obiozor expressed his joy in welcoming His Excellency to Igboland on behalf of the galaxy of Ndigbo leaders and the entire Igbo nation.
Professor Obiozor urged Buhari to use his visit to kick off a new era of discussion, cooperation, and understanding between Ndigbo and his administration.
Obiozor also drew the president’ s attention to the Igbos’ role in ensuring the country’ s unity following the civil war.
All Nigeria has gone through in its nearly sixty- year history of crisis and continuity, and the spectacular patriotic role of Ndigbo to ensure its unity and survival, he reminded the president, is that the persistent perception that the Igbos are separatists and secessionist agitators is a historical fallacy.
” Indeed, if the truth must be told, Ndigbo are the most federating unit among all Nigerian citizens. Generally speaking anywhere in Nigeria you don’ t find the Igbos, run away something is wrong there. Igbos are market people and travel adventurers. Consequently, what defines the Igbo character is a propensity for friendliness and harmonious peaceful coexistence and spirit of the universalism of mankind. This is who we are. Our Igbo adage says ‘ Ojemba Enwe Iro’ , literally translated– A traveller makes no enemies.
Furthermore, the Igbo leader debunked another myth about Ndigbo: that they cannot speak with one voice. Ironically, this is a fallacy; more things unite Ndigbo than divide them.
The Igbo spirit, on the other hand, opposes constraints that prevent them from expressing their individual or collective viewpoint. The Igbo system of administration, which is built on liberal democracy and social justice, is defined by this spirit of egalitarianism.
Despite all the risks of secessionism or separatism that the country faces, Obiozor reminded President Buhari that no secessionist element can triumph in Nigeria if there is an excellent government- based on equity, justice, and fairness to all residents.
He reassured Buhari that” Ndigbo are committed to Nigeria’ s unity and there is news for those trying to push us out of Nigeria. Ndigbo in Nigeria are like fish in the ocean, no matter how rough the storm is, it cannot drive the fish out of the ocean. ”
He added that ndigbo saw a new dawn in his distinguished presence in Igboland, believing that when he returns to Abuja, the significance and substance of his visit would establish a fresh basis for meaningful discourse on vital matters of concern to the Igbo Nation.
” Your Excellency, the most urgent and imperative need of Ndigbo today is security. The security of Ndigbo in Nigeria and beyond has become a compelling primary responsibility of serious concern for Ndigbo. Regrettably, our South East Zone has recently become a theatre of conflict, negating the peace- loving nature of our people. In this context, Ohanaeze Ndigbo calls for the establishment of a zonal and state police apparatus to support and complement the existing Federal Security architecture. It is in this same vein that Ohanaeze Ndigbo, appeals to you, Mr President, to see to the release of Igbo youths detained by various security agencies across the country. Mr President, we appreciate the infrastructural work being undertaken by the Federal Government in the South East such as the Second Niger bridge. It symbolizes unity and a bridge across the various regions of the country.
” However, the South- East zone is in dire need of more infrastructure sponsored by the Federal Government amongst these are roads, bridges, railways and ports. It is the considered view of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, one that is also shared by the Igbo people that federal investments in these critical areas will revitalize the economy and will have the tangential effect of dousing the youth restiveness and unemployment in the zone. ”
He did, however, call on President Buhari to restore a serious feeling of belonging and the spirit of Nigeria’ s founding fathers through devolution, based on the principle of ” one nation, one destiny. ”
YOU CAN’ T COME TO THE SOUTHEAST AND LEAVE WITHOUT SOLVING OUR PROBLEMS
Engr Damian Okafor, the National Youth Leader of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, stated on Wednesday that President Muhammadu Buhari cannot come to Igboland and listen to all of the region’ s problems and then depart without offering a solution, particularly to the deaths of civilians by herders.
The organisation said this in a statement signed by Ohanaeze Ndigbo youth leaders and emailed to DAILY POST in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State’ s capital.
Part of the statement reads: ” The August visit of the President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR to Igbo Land in Imo State. I would like to appreciate the Almighty God for keeping us alive in the face of daunting security challenges that have affected our dear nation.
” Our region (south- east) has survived one of the goriest and grisly civil wars in the history of mankind. Based on the realities of unfolding events, the war was suspended but not ended. The Marginalization of Ndigbo has proven to us that we are enjoying a virtual relationship with the people that have promised to put the past behind us.
OYC stated that even though the region has been under constant attack, an Igbo man is not considered worthy to be appointed into key security structures (Service Chiefs) of the country, basic infrastructural development of the region has been neglected by the central government at the peril of the governors, and the federal character commission that is supposed to ensure the equanimity of the federal character commission has failed to do so.
The Ohaneze Youth wing also stated that ndigbo are constantly accused of crimes that they lack the capacity to commit; the worst part is that it has been established that the Igbo nation is facing extinction- further stating that ndigbo do not only put their hope in God, but also believe that this golden opportunity with His Excellency will help ndigbo address some of the issues.
” It is believed that Mr President cannot come to the Igbo Land, hear all our problems and leave us without a solution especially in the carnage being perpetrated by the herders, the exclusion of the IGBOS in service chiefs appointment, the underdevelopment of Igbo Nation, the high rate of unemployment among Igbo Youths, the socioeconomic war against the Igbo nation; among other things.
” Let us once again rekindle our hope and believe in the word of God which says that ” To the living, there is hope” . Ndigbo should have a better bargain than secession. A situation where our brothers and sisters in the northern communities especially the city of Jos that was recently under ruthless attack have refused to return home even when the delegations from the southeast have approached them to come back should be a thing of concern to all of us.
The OYC went on to say that continuing the violent agitations will put millions of Ndigbo living outside of Igbo Land at risk.
Explaining why every IGBO man’ s life matters at a time when Ndigbo’ s opponents have pledged to invest much to guarantee that the ever- growing population of Ndigbo is commuted and abated.
IT’ S ABSURD FOR ANY IGBO- MAN TO THINK OF LEAVING NIGERIA
President Muhammadu Buhari, on his first working visit to Imo State since winning a second term, said it was ludicrous to him that any Igbo guy would consider leaving Nigeria because the area controls the country’ s economy. The president also stated that by the end of his eight- year term in May 2023, most of the country’ s economic and security concerns would have been resolved.
The president made the remarks during a town hall meeting with Southeast leaders in Owerri, which was the first time Imo had hosted a working visit by a president since 2009.
” It is unthinkable for me that any Igbo man would consider himself not to be a part of Nigeria. The evidence is there for everyone to see that Igbos are in charge of Nigeria’ s economy, ” he said.
Buhari also expressed his desire to be remembered as the president who brought stability to Nigeria’ s security and economic circumstances, as well as prosperity and victories over corruption. The president pledged to hold credible and fair elections in 2023, as well as to finish the Second Niger Bridge and other ongoing government projects in the Southeast geopolitical zone.
IPOB IS WINNING
Meanwhile, Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, has expressed his admiration for IPOB members’ tenacity, according to his lead counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor. He also stated that Department of State of Service officers no longer treats Nnamdi Kanu’ s lawyers in a nasty manner.
He said this after his legal team paid a visit to the separatist leader in DSS detention on September 9, the same day that President Muhammadu Buhari (retd. ) paid a visit to Imo State.
IPOB organised a sit- at- home protest during Buhari’ s visit, according to the PUNCH. During his visit, Buhari was perplexed as to why certain Igbo guys are demanding independence. He called any attempt by an Igbo man to flee the country ” unthinkable. ” The lawyer has previously criticised officials from the Department of State Services for denying lawyers access to the IPOB leader.
The lawyer provided an update on the Thursday visit, saying, ” I visited Our indefatigable Client- Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in the company of his younger brother- Prince Emmanuel Kanu (Fine Boy), in apparent compliance with the guidelines for our routine visits.
” Our Client- Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has always been in a good spirit and his convictions have remained unwavering.
” We had far- reaching discussions that pertained to our professional services, and family concerns which were all addressed.
Barrister Ejiofor stated that the embattled IPOB leader is ” amazed and impressed” by the tenacity of his millions of fans and freedom lovers.
Kanu is genuine, according to Ejiofor, and he lacks the words to express the depth of his thanks and respect to all of his followers.
” I am glad to inform millions of our supporters, wellwishers and Umuchineke, that following the outrage that greeted the despicable manner in which we were treated in the past weeks during these routine visits, the officials of the State Security Service have made a volte- face.
” We cannot hesitate to alert the world should there be any further change in their methodology, any day any time.
” Our Client- Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was very much impressed with the level of progress so far recorded by the legal team ably led by my humble self, and other people of good conscience.
” Other details that may interest you further, shall remain private, as details of our legal strategy have been agreed to remain private.
” Be assured that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Never you lack focus but intensify your prayers for our dear Client- Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and all of us in the legal team. Forward ever and backwards never, until victory is achieved. We are winning. “