A stronger, more focused Ohaneze Ndigbo emerging – Nwodo
The President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief John Nwodo, says the group has been able to positively and vigorously discharge its responsibilities in the last two years. Nwodo said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja. “Within these two years, we have, to the glory of God, made moderate contributions to the re-jigging of Igbo leadership and the leveraging of Igbo issues in Nigeria,” he said. Some of these achievements, he said, included the restoration of the dignity of the Igbo race across the world. “We have injected a new impetus into the promotion of Igbo language, culture and heritage. “We have also embarked on the establishment and promotion of Ohaneze Ndigbo activities at local, national and diaspora levels,’’ he said. The president-general also said that the body had built synergy with affiliate groups such as the Igbo Delegates Assembly, the Igbo World Assembly, the World Igbo Congress,Aka Ikenga, Izu Umunna, Njiko Umunna, Igbo Media Forum, among others. He said that the group had engaged in building of bridges with other ethnic nationalities in Nigeria. “The deft and diplomatic handling of potentially explosive issues that could have snowballed into national conflagrations is also testimony to our service to Igboland. “These include the Quit Notice to Ndigbo by Northern Youths, the Pro-Biafra agitation, the Fulani Herdsmen/Farmers crisis in Igboland, the Python Dance issue and others. “This leadership has also encouraged unity and synergy among Igbo governors and leading political actors in the overall interest of Ndigbo. “We have also put in place formidable Youth and Women’s Wings for the organisation’’. According to him, “our intervention led to the military dismantling the proliferation of checkpoints in the South-East. “This allowed for smooth vehicular movement in the region, especially during the recent festive season. “We have also lent our voice to the call for the restructuring of Nigeria – a drive which has gathered momentum apace, and is almost becoming a national mantra,” he said. Nwodo, therefore, encouraged Ndigbo to identify with candidates that support restructuring, noting that soon the group would take a holistic position on the forthcoming elections.
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