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Gov Ikpeazu congratulates new Ohanaeze Ndigbo leadership

The Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has sent a message of congratulations to the newly elected President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Professor George Obiozor on his victory at today’s election in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

Governor Ikpeazu described Professor Obiozor’s election as a “watershed” in Igboland judging from the overwhelming support he enjoyed at the election.

According to the Governor, “Professor Obiozor’s election comes at a time when the Igbos are in desperate search for consistent strong leadership which will galvanize us into a solid voice in national affairs. Professor Obiozor’s pedigree is unquestionable and his records, unassailable. His reach is wide and his integrity, solid. I am confident that with his long years of experience in public service, especially his expertise in managing the challenges inherent in complex diplomatic relations, Professor Obiozor is well suited for the challenges that face the Igbos in a united Nigeria.

Governor Ikpeazu also warmly congratulates the rest of the members of newly elected Executive Committee of Ohaneze Ndigbo, especially the two sons of Abia State, Ambassador Okey Emuchay who emerged the new Secretary General and Dr. Kingsley Dozie Lawrence who emerged the Vice President General of the organization.
Governor Ikpeazu urged them to be be good ambassadors of the State at the organization.

The Governor assured the new leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo of the continued support of the people and Government of Abia State in their assignment and thanked the outgone President General, Chief John Nnia Nwodo for his services to the Igbo nation.

BREAKING: Prof George Obiozor emerges President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, as other candidates boycott election

Professor George Obiozor has emerged President General of the Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

Obiozor, a former Nigerian ambassador to the United States, Israel, and Cyprus, emerged in an election held at Dan Anyim stadium in Owerri, the Imo state capital, on Sunday.

This is as other candidates for the position of the President General boycotted the election.

The Board of Trustee member representing Rivers State at Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr Jackson Omenazu, who spoke to newsmen at the venue of the election, declared the process that brought Obiozor to power as fraudulent.

Ohanaeze presidential aspirant collapses during meeting, carried out unconscious

Imo state consensus candidate for the post of president general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in the coming January election, Professor George Obiozor was Sunday carried out unconscious from the venue of the Imeobi meeting of the organization.

Midway an expanded meeting of the Imeobi (the highest organ of Ohanaeze), Obiozor was said to be exhibiting unusual behavior.

He was escorted out of the hall where the meeting was taking place at the Nike Lake Resort, Enugu.

It was gathered that as he was being escorted out, he suddenly slumped and passed out. He was driven away unconscious to an unknown destination in an unmarked SUV.

Obiozor’s dilemma happened in presence of Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo state, Ministers Chris Ngige and Ogbonnaya Onu, former Senate president, Anyim Pius Anyim, Senator Osita Izunaso, Chief Chekwas Okorie and the deputy governor of Ebonyi state as well as others.

The Imeobi meeting, held for the second time within one month was in regards to the forthcoming elections of the apex Igbo sociocultural organization.

Said to be the most peaceful since the inception of the organization, objections were raised to the constitution of the 40 member election committee.

Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige opposed the chairmanship of the election committee which is occupied by Ben Obi from Ansmbra state.

That was, however, resolved as Obi voluntary stepped down for peace to reign paving the way for a former president general of the organization, Gary Enwo Igariwey from Ebonyi state who was unanimously adopted.

A clergy, Bishop Gordy Okafor was nominated as deputy chairman and was also unanimously adopted.

It was also resolved that the January election will take place in Owerri, Imo state.

And henceforth elections shall be held in the state whose turn it is to produce the president general. (The Nation)

Ohanaeze, MASSOB blast Ango Abdullahi over utterances on killing

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra have disagreed with the leader of the Northern Elders’ Forum, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, for alleging that most violent acts against the northerners were perpetrated by the Igbo.

In separate statements issued on Wednesday, Ohanaeze’s President General, Chief Nnia Nwodo; and MASSOB Leader, Uchenna Madu, described the comment by Abdullahi as unsubstantiated and provocative.

Nwodo, in a statement by Media Adviser, Chief Emeka Attamah, challenged Abdullahi to make public facts to substantiate his claim, unless it was intended to set up the Igbo for another round of killings in the North.

The statement read partly, “The President General reminded Prof. Abdullahi that on the contrary, the Igbo have borne the brunt and have been victims of age-long and misguided attacks and bloody orgies by their northern brothers at the slightest upheavals in the country, sometimes even as a result of an event outside the country, and no restitution has ever been made for such losses.”

On its part, MASSOB’s Madu said Abdullahi’s statement was hypocritical and unsubstantiated.

The statement partly read, “The primary aim of Northern Elders’ Forum to Rivers State is to continue in their mission of divide and rule syndrome; they saw in Governor Nyesom Wike a willing tool of continuously perpetrating their enmity virus against Ndigbo.”

Meanwhile, NEF on Wednesday in Enugu State warned that the alleged attack on northerners resident in the Southern Nigeria during the #EndSARS protests must not happen again.

The spokesman for NEF, Dr. Hakeem Ahmed, gave the warning when the forum met with leaders of northern groups residents in the South-East.

Senator Kalu backs Obiozor for Ohanaeze President 

Chief Whip of the Senate and former Governor of Abia state, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, has endorsed former Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States of America (USA), Prof George Obiozor, to succeed Chief John Nnia Nwodo as President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

Sen. Kalu who represents Abia North Senatorial district, also called on Imeobi Ohanaeze, the organization’s highest decision-making organ, to adopt Obiozor as consensus candidate.

In a statement signed by Emeka Nwala of office of the Senate Chief Whip, Kalu said he made very wide consultations with Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, his counterpart at the Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu; Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state and Engr. Dave Umahi, the governor of Ebonyi state before arriving at the decision.

He also disclosed that his call has the backing of other very prominent leaders of the southeast including Governors Willie Obiano, Hope Uzodimma of Anambra and Imo states respectively including his colleague at the Senate and Former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.

Senator Kalu also disclosed that former Secretary to Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim; Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Hon Nkeiru Onyejeocha among other Igbo leaders in National Assembly are in sync with his position in support of the candidacy of Prof. Obiozor.

He said Ohanaeze Ndigbo needed a non-partisan technocrat to steer its leadership stating that Obiozor possesses all the qualities needed to revive the group.

“Ohanaeze is the authentic voice of the Igbos, which exists for the sole purpose of speaking for and representing the interest of Ndigbo since its inception in 1976. It is expected to be non-partisan. We need a leadership that can rightly define and defend the interests of the Ndigbo.

“I have known Professor George Obiozor for quite a long time ago and I am confident he will competently lead an active, mature, hardworking and viable Ohanaeze Ndigbo”, Kalu saud.

Kalu also urged all delegates from Abia state to vote for Obiozor for the good of Ohanaeze and growth of the Igbo nation.

Obiozor, a diplomat and academic, was Nigeria’s Nigerian Ambassador to the United States of America, Israel and Cyprus at different times. He was earlier at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) where he was the Director General.

He was also a coordinator for Southeast delegates to the 2014 National Conference as well as appointed by President Goodluck Jonathan as a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee for the conference.

Prior to that, Prof. Obiozor, who is known to be a bridge-builder, was adviser to President Ibrahim Babangida on International Affairs as well as adviser to General Ike Nwachukwu while he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs.

He was also a member of the Vision 2010 Political Conference set up by Head of state, General Sani Abacha as well as a member of the 1994 political conference held in Lagos.

An author and co-author of 16 books, Prof. Obiozor was Special Assistant on Research to Dr. Chuba Okadigbo while he served as Political Adviser to President Shehu Shagari.

Commenting on his interest on leading Ndigbo into a new era, Prof. Obiozor promised to “assemble Igbo talents and experts to cater and defend the destiny of Ndigbo with appreciable success and diplomatic dexterity, decency and decorum. And Ndigbo will never be victims again, of Nigerian tragic circumstances which they did not create nor can they control.”

Ohanaeze Leadership: 9 Igbo groups back Prof Chidi Osuagwu

As the contest for the leadership of the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo inches closer, various Igbo groups and prominent leaders have begun to shop for qualified candidates with the prerequisite to lead the Igbo Nation.

The position, which has been zoned to Imo State, is expected to be a hotly contested one, unless stakeholders are able to find a common ground and put a consensus candidate forward.

Following a survey published recently by the Igbo Rebirth Movement (IRM), a group of young Igbo professionals in Nigeria and the Diaspora, which showed Professor Chidi Osuagwu as the most acceptable candidate for the coveted seat, many other Igbo groups have come out to endorse Osuagwu for the position.

A statement issued in Connecticut, USA, by Dr. Paul Orafu, leader of the Pan-Igbo Integrity Group, on behalf his group and eight other Diaspora associations of Ndigbo insist that, “The priority of the Igbo everywhere in the world is to think home. Our people desire to make Igboland great, safe, peaceful and prosperous. Our interest in the leadership of Ohanaeze stems from our recognition that there is need for a robust platform to bring our people together and set the agenda for our collective development.

“Ohanaeze is the veritable platform to make it happen.

“However, we need a leadership in Ohanaeze which we can trust; a leadership that is imbued with integrity, vision and patriotism, which will place the welfare of Ndigbo above pecuniary gains. Among all the nominees we have considered, Prof. Chidi Osuagwu stands out. We see in him a man of unblemished character, who has led an upright life and excelled in all things through the power of trust.

“A look at Igboland today reveals an entity that is lagging behind in the very basic things of life. Our land today occupies a top position in almost all indices of social misery. It is only a leadership in Ohanaeze which has integrity that can mobilize our people and begin to permanently address the problems.

“We therefore endorse Prof. Osuagwu for Ohanaeze Ndigbo Presidency, and plead with him to answer this call which Ndigbo are passionately making to him,” they stated.

Earlier, an IRM opinion poll had disclosed that, “We have painstakingly carried out this survey among the various Igbo groups and opinion leaders, and everyone keeps pointing at one thing: Ndigbo need a leader that can reunite the people. They need a leader who has the needed integrity to win the trust of everyone and re-establish a broad agenda for the development of Igboland. Our people sorely crave for a leader whose reputation, pragmatism and deep insight can reposition Ndigbo in national affairs and bring about respect to the Igbo Nation.

“He must be a person who has in all consistency and sincerity made himself available to serve the ordinary people even in a thankless capacity. A person who has demonstrated a commitment to overlook earthly possessions to stand for his people. A person who is morally untainted and intellectually astute. A person who through charisma, character and courage has earned an unprecedented following, and who is altruistic and compassionate. These should constitute the personality traits needed now. Professor Chidi Osuagwu represents the choice of the majority.”

Ohaneze Ndigbo congratulates Kelechi Madu over appointment as Canadian Minister of Justice and Attorney General

The President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, has congratulated the newly appointed first black Minister of Justice and Solicitor General of Canada, Nigerian -born Kelechi Madu alias Kaycee.

In a congratulatory message released by his Media Adviser, Chief Emeka Attamah, the President General said that Ohanaeze Ndigbo was highly honored by the exploits of Kaycee Madu in far away Europe as an Igbo son.

Chief Nwodo noted that Mr Madu had contested and won a seat into the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the electoral district of Edmonton -South West from where he was appointed and sworn in as Minister of Justice and Solicitor General by the premier of Alberta, Jason Kenney on April 30, 2020.

The President General, on behalf of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, extolled the sterling qualities of Mr Kaycee Madu as well as other Igbo sons and daughters who have excelled so much outside the country such as the recently appointed first black Vice -Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University in the UK, Professor Charles Egbu, and many others.

Chief Nwodo said the exploits of Igbo sons and daughters both within and outside the country are indices of the cerebral capability and ingenuity of the people which Nigeria could exploit to advance its development.

The President General urged the Federal Government to stop marginalising and victimising the Igbo in the country so that their latent creative potentials could be harnessed for the good of all.

He predicted that Nigeria would witness a turn around in her fortunes if a president of Igbo extraction was allowed to emerge in 2023.

The President General noted that Mr Madu is a member of Igbo Cultural Association in Canada which he said is an attribute of Igbo integration and called on other Igbo sons and daughters to emulate the Minister in joining Igbo groups within and outside the country.

Prince of Mburubu to be Inducted into Ohanaeze Ndigbo Hall of Fame, Receive Omereoha Title

A foremost investor in the oil and gas sector, and Enugu State born philanthropist, Engineer Lawrence Ezeh will be inducted into the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Hall of Fame by Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Enugu State Chapter.

Ezeh, who is fondly referred to as the ‘Five Star Prince’ will also be conferred with the title of ‘Omereoha Enugu State’.

Engineer Ezeh, who is the Prince of Mburubu ancient Kingdom of Nkanu land, will receive the honours at the national Secretariat of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, 7 Park Avenue, GRA Enugu.

The event, which is billed for Saturday 29th August 2020, will have top dignitaries of Igbo extraction in attendance, including the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo.

Dr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who is the executive governor of Enugu State will be the special guest of honor, while the father of the day will be the Chairman, Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers, HE Ambassador Lawrence Agubuzu.

According to a letter exclusively made available to Jungle Journalist Media Ltd, and signed by the Enugu State President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Hon Chidozie Alex Ogbonna, “Ohanaeze Ndigbo is proud to note that (Prince Lawrence Ezeh) was at the forefront of ameliorating the pains of our people during the period through generous interventions in the local government and in particular, Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State. It is for this reason that the Selection Committee of Ohanaeze Ndigbo recommended the induction”.

Prince Lawrence Ezeh contested for the Senate seat of Enugu East Senatorial Zone in 2019.

He is also a major investor in the oil and gas industry, as well as roads, bridges and house construction projects. He is the CEO of Deep Well Petroleum Limited, and also owns Buzuzu Construction Company Limited.

For many years now, Ezeh has taken it upon himself to provide basic amenities for Mburubu and Nkanu East people.

He has built roads, and repaired others, provided water and electricity, and provided scholarships to thousands of citizens of Enugu State.

Prince also played a major role in providing for citizens during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Ohaneze Ndigbo hails Prof Charles Egbu Over Appointment As VC Of Leeds Trinity University

The President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, has congratulated Professor Charles Egbu on his appointment as the first black Vice-Chancellor of a United Kingdom university or college.

An indigene of Abatete in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Professor Egbu was recently appointed the Vice-Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University, a Catholic institution in the UK.

In his congratulatory message signed by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President General, Chief Emeka Attamah, Chief Nwodo said that Professor Egbu’s appointment bears eloquent testimony to the sterling qualities of African and Nigerian scholars.

Chief Nwodo observed that Prof. Egbu, having gone through the rigours of several vigorous interviews culminating in his emergence as the Vice-Chancellor of such a hallowed institution in the UK, again demonstrates the abundance of first class academics in Nigeria.

Chief Nwodo urged Prof. Egbu to vindicate his appointment as a true son of Igbo land and do the country proud.

He said that the recognition of Prof. Egbu at that high capacity was a fillip that came to Nigeria at a time she most needed it, when the image of the country had been devastated by corruption.

The President General congratulated the government and people of Anambra State for producing yet another scholar of international repute like Dr Emeagwali of the computer fame, Prof. Chinua Achebe, Chike Obi, Chimamanda Adichie and many others, and wished Prof. Egbu well in his new appointment.

ALMAJIRI MIGRATION: Dangote writes Ohanaeze Ndigbo

Frontline national industry, belonging to the Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, Dangote Industries Ltd, has formally distanced its firm of any connivance in the haulage of youths (Almajiri), from Northern Nigeria to the South of Nigeria, especially the South East geo-political zone of the country.

The company, in a letter it addressed to the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, dated May 27, 2020 titled, ‘Allegation of illegal haulage against Dangote Industries Ltd.,’ profusely denied any linkage the widely reported mass movement.

Chief Nwodo had recently expressed concern at the involvement of vehicles belonging to Dangote’s Companies, in bringing the almajiris to the South East and advised him to halt it.

In an apparent response to Chief Nwodo’s admonishment, the company in a letter signed by the Group Chief Branding and Communications officer, Anthony Chiejina, said ” it categorically denies these spurious and misleading allegations, and hereby calls upon the public to disregard such reports.”

The company however solicited the assistance of the general public in the fight to rid the organisation of illegal haulage activities being perpetrated by some unscrupulous persons using its trucks.

According the Company, the Dangote trucks are permitted to transport only the following materials, Dangote cement, limestone, high grade Gypsum and coal as well as Sugar, Dangote Salt and Dano seasoning and Dangote branded sacks and bags.

In the letter to Ohanaeze, it urged the general public to report any Dangote Truck driver involved in illegal haulage supported with credible evidence of such act.

In the letter, the Company said it has alerted Police and other law enforcement agents to arrest any Dangote driver and his assistant caught in the act.

Recall that even with the lockdown, hundreds of Northern youths have been transported to the South East in trucks belonging to the Dangote firm. A lot of the youths have hidden under the cover of goods and animals cleared to be hauled around the country under the lockdown restriction guidelines.

The situation created a lot of panic in the region with some even expressing fear that the mass movement of youths Southwards may have far reaching security under tones.