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Ohaneze set to chart Igbo path at National Conference



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Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo said it has set up a planning and strategy committee regarding the proposed national conference.

At the head of the committee is Prof. Anya O. Anya.

President General of the organisation, Chief Gary Enwo-Igariwey who announced this yesterday at the Ime Obi meeting said the committee would on its own co-opt other members.

Also put in place is Finance committee.

A colloquim towards the harmonisation of the Igbo position would also hold between March 10 and 13 this year.

According to Igariwey, the aim of the formation of the committees was to close ranks “so that we speak with one voice since that has been the problem bedevilling us.”

The Ohanaeze president who called for prayers for a successful outing at the confab regretted that “some of our people do not want the conference.”

Such people, he said, were opposed to the creation of zones and only wanted states.

First Republic politician, Mbazulike Amaechi who was appointed chairman of the committee on reparation complained that since May 31, 2013 when the committee was formed, the president general has refused to inaugurate the committee.

Amaechi informed the meeting that he spent time and money in compilation and articulation of all the “massacre of Ndigbo in the North from 1953 in Kano to those of Asaba and recent ones.”

He asked for the reversing of the decision if the president general is no longer interested in the reparation demand from the Federal Government.

But the Ohanaeze president said the complaint would be treated in the next meeting.

The Ime Obi discussed the knotty issue of Igbos creating kingdoms for themselves outside Igboland where some people abuse the nomenclature His Royal Highness or Majesty to the embarrassment of their hosts.

The alumni of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) led by its deputy president, Adaeze Onyebuchi also stormed the Ime Obi meeting where it sought for the intervention of Ohanaeze in the crisis at the university which sparked by the sack of the pro-chancellor, Emeka Enejere.

The organisation promised to look into the issue.

In attendance include Ben Obi, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Prof. George Obiozor, Prof. Mark Ordu, Prof. Anya O. Anya and Prof. Joe Irukwu.

Also in attendance were Chief Ralph Obioha, Col. Patrick Anwuna (rtd), Col. Ben Gbulie (rtd), Prof. Ukwu I. Ukwu, Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, Dame Ada Okwuonu, Ms. Loretta Aniagolu and a host of others.

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