The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has pleaded with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to hold back on its planned seven-day sit-at-home order it issued in the Southeast from November 5 to November 11, in the wake of the coming Anambra governorship election.
The apex cultural group pleaded with POB to shelve the planned sit-at-home order while also appealing to Southeast Governors through their chairman Dave Umahi to convene an emergency meeting of Igbo stakeholders and youth leaders for the purpose of addressing the legitimacy crisis in the Southeast, especially as it relates to Anambra State election and the political solution for the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide in a statement by its spokesman, Alex Ogbonnia, Ohanaeze noted that Anambra State is the economic live wire of the Southeast with an impressive steady growth trajectory and should not be destroyed with the planned disruption of its election.
The statement reads in part “For instance, Anambra State showcases the best rural road network and rural community development in the South East if not in entire Nigeria. Anambra is home to the greatest number of small, medium and large scale industries in the South East. Most recently, Anambra has added a cargo airport to its resource base.
“Above all, Onitsha is the largest market in West Africa. The implication of the above illustration is that Anambra State is the melting pot of Igbo traders and artisans. It stands to reason that Anambra is the big Iroko tree that provides a shade for most Igbos.
“Apart from the shade, it also hosts the numerous birds that perch on the branches. Therefore any harm to the Iroko tree will create untold disastrous chain reactions and catastrophe for the Igbo”.
Meanwhile, the Ndigbo group has called on Umahi to convene an emergency meeting of Igbo stakeholders and the youth leaders for the purpose of addressing the legitimacy crisis in the Southeast, especially as it relates to Anambra State election and the political solution for the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Ogbonnia said further: “It is important to point out that one of the causes of the crisis of confidence in the Southeast is because of the yawning gap between the youths and indeed the masses, on one side and the political leaders on the other.
“Therefore, the leadership of the various youth groups should not be excluded in any meeting aimed at resolving the current crises in Igbo land. In other words, the youths want to be fully convinced of our commitment to their plight.
“It is based on the foregoing that Ohanaeze adopts the philosophy of dialogue, negotiations in coalition with other concerned groups that comprise the Southern and Middle Belt Leadership Forum led by Chief E K Clarke.
“It is also lamentable that the burial ceremony for the Afara Ukwu born Chief Mrs Victoria Aguiyi Ironsi, slated for November 5 in Umuahia, Abia State may be drastically affected by the prevailing Igbo social climate. General JTU Aguiyi Ironsi represents so many things to the Igbo and we owe his soul a duty”, Ogbonnia said.
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