- The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has raised alarm over the emergence of a splinter group within its fold
- The new group led by one Basil Onuorah is known as the Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly (ONGA)
- The mainstream Ohanaeze Ndigbo said the splinter group was out to destabilise the Igbo region
The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has raised alarm over the emergence of a splinter group within its fold.
The new group led by one Basil Onuorah is known as the Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly (ONGA). Onuorah said the group has already been registered by the corporate affairs commission, The Nation reported.
He stated that the traditional ruler of Igbariam in Anambra state, Igwe Kelly Nzekwe, is serving as the ONGA’s board of trustees chairman.
But the mainstream Ohanaeze Ndigbo said the splinter group was out destabilize the Igbo region.
Chief Damian Okeke -Ogene, who spoke on behalf of the mainstream Ohanaeze Ndigbo described the splitter group as jokers.
He said they are merely being used by some politicians to cause disaffection in Igbo land.
Meanwhile, the southeast has been asked to be giving the chance to produce the next president in Nigeria, a former old Anambra state governor, Chief Jim Nwobodo has said.
He disclosed this at his Amechi country home when a chieftaincy title was bestowed on him by the Amurri Ancient Kingdom, The Nation reported.
According to him, since the west and the north have both produced Nigerian president, it is appropriate that the same privilege is accorded the southeast. He said the region should not be denied no matter the political party.
He argued that for justice and equity to reign, the Igbo should produce the number one citizen in 2023.
“It is time for Igbo presidency. At 80 I can say anything, nothing to be afraid of again," he said.
In another news report, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide (OYC) has mobilised over 100 religious groups to pray for the recovery of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state and other people infected by COVID-19 in the southeast region.
The group in a statement on Monday, June 8, said the rising cases of coronavirus in the southeast were worrying, The Nation reported.
Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the president of the OYC said both churches and traditional institutions were asked to intercede with prayers over the COVID-19 spread in the southeast.
Meanwhile, in their quest for self-determination and expression of zero tolerance for any sort of suppression, youths of Igbo extraction have been advised on how they should go about their agitations.
The admonition was given on Sunday, June 14, by the president-general of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo.
Nwodo urged the youths to ensure observance of decorum and civility in the face of provocation, The Guardian reported.
Noting that hunger and ignorance are two kinds of war confronting Nigerians, the Igbo leader directed the attention of the youngsters to the use of knowledge as a powerful tool for self-actualisation.
He called on the youths to emulate other countries of the world which have shifted their interest to knowledge rather than crude oil because the latter will keep dropping as is the case presently.
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