We Support All Lawful Agitations Against Igbo Marginalization -- OHANEZE

... Declares Support For Gov. Developmental strides In Ebonyi


By Celestine Okeh, Abakaliki

The president, OHANEZE NDIGBO worldwide, Ebonyi State chapter, Dr Peter Mbam said, OHANEZE is in full support of all agitation  that speaks against the marginalization of Igbos in the affairs of Nigeria.


Dr Mbam stated this on Monday during an interaction with journalist in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital.


Dr Mbam noted that the marginalization against the Igbos in Nigeria has attracted aggressive agitations from other ethnic nationalities and groups such as Afenifere, middle belt among others.

He insists that Ohaneze, being the apex Igbo socio cultural organization, whose major objective is for the welfare and unity of Igbos anywhere in the world, will continue to speak and support all those speaking against the marginalization of Igbos in Nigeria.

He said, "Ohaneze is an Apex Socio-Cultural Organization, an umbrella body for the interest of all ndigbo where ever they are in the World.


"It covers and controls all other Igbo various Organizations.


"It therefore takes an overview of the Social, Cultural, Economic and Political dynamics of the Country and guides/influences Ndigbo on how to go about them, with the ultimate interest of Ndigbo. We therefore use the slogans"Igwe bu ike”(Unity is Power) and' Onye aghana Nwanenne ya” (Be your brother's keeper).


"Presently, Ohanaeze does not give momentum to leaving Nigeria. However, we stand with all agitations against marginalization of Ndigbo in Nigeria.

“We believe in Nigeria, where all peoples and groups are treated with justice, equity and fair play. And in our doing this, Ohanaeze's approach is diplomacy and dialogue, not violence or banditry. Ohaneze therefore, strongly support that the next President of Nigeria in 2023 should come from the South East, as a matter of fairness and urges other components of the country to agree.


"In Ebonyi State, Ohanaeze Leadership strongly collaborate and support the Governor and Government of the state in the delivery of good service to Ebonyi State and South East.

Ohanaeze leadership works closely with the Political Leadership at all levels, especially in the 7 States, where we have predominantly Igbos, as well as with the Federal Government, to ensure peaceful co-existence and Socio-economic Development, in an atmosphere of equity, justice and fair play".


The Leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, WorldWide, Ebonyi State Chapter, however, appealed to all the members of the Political Class in the State to strive to maintain the already established rotational/zoning pattern for the Governorship Position, for justice, equity and peace to continue to rein in Ebonyi State.

According to the president, the State Leadership of Ohanaeze arrived at the position during its Consultative Meeting, held recently in Abakaliki.

Dr Peter Obasi Mbam, said that the Leadership of the lgbo socio-cultural

Organization in the State arrived at that position, after critically analyzing the

peaceful movement of the Governorship position since 1999; from Ebonyi North to Central and to South Senatorial Zones, and maintained that returning the

Governorship position to Ebonyi North Senatorial Zone for the next round would

be the surest way of maintaining peace and brotherly love in the State; as it

would understandably move to Central and South Zones, respectively, again.

The President Further re-iterated the Ohanaeze State Leadership support to the position of His Excellency, the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr (Chief) David Nweze Umahi, for the Governorship seat to return to Ebonyi North Senatorial Zone and urged the State Founding Fathers, members of the Elders Council, the Political class and indeed all Ebonyians to Join hands with our peace-loving Governor and ensure a successful Transition of the Governorship position to Ebonyi North Senatorial Zone, in 2023.

The State Leadership of the Apex Igbo Socio-cultural Organization further advised the State Political Class, to ensure that the same Zoning and Rotation Principles are maintained for other Positions (Senate, House of Representatives and State Assembly), within the Zones, Wards and Communities, for inclusive governance, sense of belonging, justice, equity, peaceful co-existence and brotherly love in the State. This will ensure that our citizens will continue to enjoy improved Democracy Dividends, provided by the David Umahi-led Admistration and those expected from the next State Government.

The President also eulogized His Excellency, Governor Umahi, for his Peaceful disposition and commitment to a hitch-free Transition at all levels, in Ebonyi State.

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