Reporter : CHRISTIAN NWANGENE
The President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo World Wide, Professor George Obiozor, has emphasized that Igbos are not at war with Nigeria, and have no matter pending before any institutional authority that demands a separate existence from Nigeria.
Professor Obiozor stated this while addressing journalists in Enugu on the state of the nation and Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo President General, whose speech was entitled “the Dawn of a New Era,” noted that the new leadership was focused on uniting the people to accelerate the development and cautioned that all actions or utterances that put Ndigbo in imminent danger or harm should be avoided.
Professor Obiozor, urged the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kalu, to listen to words of wisdom, stressing that the issue of Biafra was above and beyond his capacity to decide.
“He must listen because he is one of us and we are all in this dilemma together.
“And our mutual and collective responsibilities are sacred and must be respected.
“We must also understand what Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu meant by, “the bones shall rise.” He didn’t mean conflict, violence and war.
“Definitely the bones have arisen, re-incarnated or resurrected but in Ojukwu’s idea the mission is creative and constructive. Ndigbo are builders and not nation wreckers/destroyers,” Prof. Obiozo stated.
The President General noted that the new Leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo understood the dilemma of Igbos in Nigeria, their pains, grief and expectations.
He emphasized that the current leadership would bring to bear new narrative to salvage the interest of Ndigbo.
The Ohanaeze President, said the leadership would promote the use of Igbo language in all schools in Igboland and beyond, as well as build up the economic and industrial base, using the instrumentality of ‘Alaigbo Stabilization Fund” to enhance and promote the”Aku Ruo Ulo philosophy.
He further explained that this philosophy would also encourage and advance the course of domestic and foreign investment in Igboland.
Professor Obiozor, who observed that Ndigbo remained the worst hit in the neglect of education as a national priority, stated that Ndigbo must return to education and accord it the priority it deserved as the key that opened the door to Igbo prosperity and positive reputation.
He commended the overwhelming support to him by the Ndigbo, and President Muhammadu Buhari.
Professor Obiozor, called on Igbos to join hands to bring about the collective success of the people rather than engaging in negative competitions.