By Ugochi Okoro
Disturbed by the instability created by the continued sit-at-home in South-East Nigeria, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youths have resolved to end it.
They expressed concern over the insecurity and economic disruptions caused by the exercise in the region.
This was made known in a statement signed by Mazi Chika Art Adiele, National Publicity Secretary, Youth Wing of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide.
The Youth Wing has been reactivated with the appointment of Mazi Chukwuma Okpalaezeukwu as the Acting National Youth Leader.
The resolution was reached at the meeting of the National Executive Committee of Ohanaeze Youth with the Ohanaeze President-General, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu (Ahaejiagamba Ndigbo) in Owerri, Imo State on 30 August 2023.
The Acting National Youth Leader stated that they shall not rest on their oars “till peace and security is restored in South East and Nigeria at large.”
While commending the South-East Governors Forum led by the Governor of Imo State, Sen. Hope Uzodimma for their efforts so far the youths also assured the general public that the era of frivolous statements using the name of Ohanaeze Ndigbo is gone.
“We frown at the activities of some mischief makers, usurpers, impostors, job seekers and meddlesome interlopers who parade themselves and make unfounded and unruly statements in the name of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide.
“We admonish such perpetrators, charlatans and media navigators who leech on the invaluable footprints of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to issue press releases for narrow, perverse and illicit pecuniary interests to desist forthwith as any attempt by any individual or group in this regard shall henceforth be appropriately sanctioned by the Youth Wing.”
They said Okpalaezeukwu has demonstrated an uncommon capacity, vision, intellectual prowess, selflessness and other sterling leadership qualities.
“More importantly, Okpalaezeukwu has the necessary skill and dynamism to manage the various diverse interests amongst the youths with prudence, equanimity and transparency.”
According to a statement signed by Dr Alex Ogbonnia, National Publicity Secretary Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Okpalaezeukwu will, however, hold the Office pending the due process for a substantive National Youth Leader from Ebonyi State.
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The Youth Wing appreciated the efforts of Iwuanyanwu on Security, Economic growth, Education, Culture and other sectors of development in Igbo land within the short period of his assumption of Office as the President General. They recalled with immense admiration the fatherly demands he has made to the Presidency for the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu; the unprecedented relationship with the Ohanaeze Governors and the Igbo Captains of Industry; reconciliatory meetings with the Ohanaeze Ndigbo UK and Ireland; the renewed relationship with the Anya Ndigbo, Igbo Archbishops and Bishops; admitting the African Americans with authentic Igbo ancestry into the Igbo cosmology; creating a strategic organisational structure for global administration of Ohanaeze Ndigbo; quick response to the calamity at the Alaba International Market, Lagos; reactivation of the Women Wing of Ohanaeze, among others.
The Youths also reckoned that in less than four months in Office, the President-General has held not less than four meetings with the NEC of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. “This is an incredible feat in less than four months of his incumbency,” they said.
The Youth Wing passed a vote of confidence on Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu and prayed that the Almighty will continue to shine his light on him, and renew his strength to achieve his lofty vision for the Igbo land.
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