The Chairman of State Presidents of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, a socio-cultural organization, in seven Igbo speaking state, Dr. Chris Eluemunoh says any attempt to “further marginalise” the Igbo in Nigeria will no longer be tolerated
Eluemunoh, gave the warning while addressing journalists in Awka, the Anambra State capital, stressing that any such attempt of marginalisation would be greeted with a strong move for self-determination by the Igbo.
According to him , the United Nations had invited some Igbo elders, to hear them out about their demand for a sovereign state for the Igbo in June and indeed they Ndigbo are waiting earnestly for opportunity to use what he termed “their joker”
He revealed that the former National President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Dozie Ikedife, would be leading the Igbo delegation to the United Nations in June.
Apparently Eluomunoh was speaking against the backdrop of speculation that the incoming government of President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, might marginalise the Igbo because the people of the South-East voted against him in the just concluded general elections.
He noted that some time last year, the African Union had similarly granted an Igbo delegation a similar audience in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Ohanaeze boss said the best path the Buhari administration would toe would be to discuss with Igbo leaders on how to chart a viable course for the country, adding that it had become expedient for Buhari to “give us one additional state to put us at par with our other brothers”
.We also as a matter of fact expect the incoming administration to implement the report of the National Conference.
We in fact want to believe that If he turns his back to that report, he may be turning his back to the unity of Nigeria.
He admitted that the change that came to the country after the last general elections was a welcome development, given the fact that the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP had stayed on the stage for a long time.
The Ohanaeze boss opined that there would be no real change in Nigeria if there “is no structural change” in the country.