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North Is The Safest Place For Igbos – Ohanaeze
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North Is The Safest Place For Igbos – Ohanaeze

The Igbo apex socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has described northern Nigeria as one of the safest places for Igbos to live in and do their trades. The chairman of the group in the 19 northern states, Augustine Amaechi, yesterday in Abuja, stated that the region has accommodated Igbos beyond measures, saying that accounted for their prosperity. Amaechi while acknowledging that there have been some skirmishes with their host communities noted that it is unavoidable as “it is expected in a developing economy.” On the call for secession in the South East, he said the agitation was due to lack of jobs and employment in the region; stressing that since Igbos are traders, they need the North to maintain their financial strength. “Our elders are saying that even if the youth...
There Will Be No Nigeria If Igbo Is Denied Presidential Ticket In 2023 – Ohanaeze
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There Will Be No Nigeria If Igbo Is Denied Presidential Ticket In 2023 – Ohanaeze

The youth wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural body, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo has carpeted the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, Garba Shehu, over his comments that President Muhammadu Buhari is very passionate about Nigeria’s unity. Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC rather maintained that Buhari’s actions and inactions pose threat to the unity of Nigeria. The National President of OYC, Igboayaka. O Igboayaka, in a press release, described President Buhari as “a direct opposite of Nigeria’s unity”. Dismissing as false, a statement credited to Garba that “Buhari is so passionate about Nigeria’s unity”, Igboayaka alleged that “Shehu is on a pay job, and one of the aides that is endangering the unity of Nigeria through his sycophantic service to the president.” Accordin...
2023: Ohanaeze Rejects PDP’s No-Zoning Formula, Insists On Igbo President
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2023: Ohanaeze Rejects PDP’s No-Zoning Formula, Insists On Igbo President

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has rejected the Bala Mohammed-led committee report of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which recommended that the 2023 presidential ticket of the party should be thrown open to all sections of the country. Ohanaeze said that the Mohammed-led committee report was capable of impugning the unity of the country and asked for the withdrawal of the report that it described as unconscionable. The Igbo parent body noted that it was committed to Nigeria producing a President of Igbo extraction in 2023, adding that it will willingly identify with any group that is ready for the bargain. In a statement, on Thursday, National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Alex Ogbonnia said: “Ohanaeze views the report by the Bala Mohammed led committee as most de...
IPOB Tantrums Can’t Distract Us From Presidential Bid – Ohanaeze
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IPOB Tantrums Can’t Distract Us From Presidential Bid – Ohanaeze

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has warned the Indigenous People of Biafra to stop distracting it. It said the Ohanaeze had a focus of producing a president of Igbo extraction in 2023 and not secession. It maintained that IPOB would not be allowed to lead the Igbo at a time like this in Nigeria. The National Vice-President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene, stated this in an interview with our correspondent in Awka, Anambra State. Describing the Igbo project of producing a president of Nigeria from the South-East geopolitical zone as a serious business, Okeke-Ogene asked IPOB to key into Ohanaeze plan instead of being antagonistic to the leadership of the socio-cultural organisation. IPOB had in the attack vowed not to recognise Obi...
Ohanaeze: APC Congratulates Professor Obiozor
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Ohanaeze: APC Congratulates Professor Obiozor

We congratulate former Nigerian Ambassador to the US, Prof. George Obiozor on his election as the new President-General of the Ohanézè Ndígbo. We also congratulate Chief John Nwodo executive for its mature and patriotic leadership of Ohanézè Ndígbo.
Bomb Attack: Why Nnamdi Kanu May End Up Like Maina – Ohanaeze Attacks IPOB
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Bomb Attack: Why Nnamdi Kanu May End Up Like Maina – Ohanaeze Attacks IPOB

Apex Igbo group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, has condemned the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, over a recent bomb attack on a church in Port-Harcourt owned by the father of State governor, Nyesom Wike. Three suspects arrested over the attack confessed to being members of IPOB adding that they carried out the attack to gain status within the proscribed group. On November 29th 2020, the suspects, identified as Progress Owudinjo, 37, from Etche, Rivers State; Apuro Victor, 25, from Ebonyi State; and John Okorie, 38, from Abia State, detonated dynamite within the premises of the Christian Universal Church Incorporated owned by Mr. Nlemanya Wike. In a statement sent to us on Friday evening signed by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, President-General of Ohanaeze Youth Council, the leade...
Ohanaeze, Afenifere, NCF Ask Buhari To Honour Reps’ Summons
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Ohanaeze, Afenifere, NCF Ask Buhari To Honour Reps’ Summons

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo so­cio-cultural organisation; Pan-Yoru­ba socio-political organi­sation, Afenifere; National Consultative Front (NCF), and Prince Tony Momoh, chief­tain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), have thrown their weight behind the House of Representatives, asking President Muhammadu Bu­hari to honour the House invi­tation following the killing of farmers in Borno on Saturday by Boko Haram Insurgents. The House of Represen­tatives on Tuesday resolved to invite President Buhari to appear before it to explain cir­cumstances surrounding the current state of insecurity in the North-East and other plac­es in the country. The members of the House of Representatives are representing their various constituents and they have right to invite the president to app...
You Can’t Dictate To Us – PANDEF, Afenifere, Ohanaeze, Middle Belt To North
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You Can’t Dictate To Us – PANDEF, Afenifere, Ohanaeze, Middle Belt To North

The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum, SMBLF, on Wednesday, warned that it will no longer allow a section of the country to play any supremacist role over others. The forum said this, in a communique, after an emergency meeting held in Abuja. The communique was signed by Chief EK Clark (PANDEF Leader), AVM Idongesit Nkanga, Chief Broderick Bozimo, Mr. Solomon Asemota (SAN), Senator Bassey Henshaw, Prof GG Darah and Chief T k O Okorotie. Others are Chief Ayo Adebanjo (for Afenifere Leader), Mr Yinka Odumakin, Senator Kofoworola Akerele-Buknor, Oba Oladipo Olaitan, Senator Femi Okunrounmu, Chief Supo Sonibare, Chief Demola Folarin, Dr. Akin Fapohunda. Chief John Nwodo (President General, Ohanaeze), Chief Guy Ikokwu, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Mr. Chuks Muomah SAN, Mr. Mike ...
2023: Ohanaeze, Others Name Amaechi, Umahi, Onu As Best Presidential Candidate
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2023: Ohanaeze, Others Name Amaechi, Umahi, Onu As Best Presidential Candidate

A coalition of Igbo groups and Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, OYC, on Sunday named Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi and Minister of Science and Technology Dr Ogbonnaya Onu as the best presidential candidates from the Southeast. The coalition said it reached the decision after a joint meeting in Abakaliki where it deliberated on the best candidate from the Southeast and South-south for the presidency in 2023. This was contained in a statement to DAILY POST and signed by, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, (OYC), Mazi Alex Okemiri (President World Igbo Youth Congress), Dr Mrs Helen Ogbonnaya (National leader, Southeast Women Professionals) and Comrade Chidi Ugwujo (President Igbo Students Union). According to the groups: “Umahi is t...
PDP, Afenifere, Ohanaeze Fault Buhari’s Democracy Day Speech
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PDP, Afenifere, Ohanaeze Fault Buhari’s Democracy Day Speech

The Peoples Democratic Party, Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, and the Igbo group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Friday faulted some of the claims made by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in his nationwide Democracy Day broadcast to the nation. The spokesmen of the PDP and the two groups, faulted Buhari’s claim on the insecurity being witnessed in parts of the country. Buhari had in the broadcast attributed the renewed killings witnessed in Katsina and Borno states this week to the restrictions imposed to curtail the spread of COVID-19. Some protesters in the President’s state, Katsina, had on Tuesday burnt down a campaign billboard of the All Progressives Congress with pictures of Buhari and the state governor, Aminu Masari. They were protesting t...
Boko Haram: God Uses Insurgency To Punish You For Sins Against Igbo – Ohanaeze Tells Northerners
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Boko Haram: God Uses Insurgency To Punish You For Sins Against Igbo – Ohanaeze Tells Northerners

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, OYC, has said that the insurgency ravaging the North East is a reward of the sins committed against the Igbo 50 years ago by the North during the civil war. The OYC also hailed the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, who yesterday said that God was using the insurgency to punish Nigerians for their Sins. OYC position was contained in a statement signed and made available to DAILY POST on Friday by its President-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro and its Secretary-General, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike. “OYC insists that why insurgents are ravaging the North is based on the sins committed against Igbos 50 years ago during the BIAFRA war by mostly Northern Military leaders,” the group said. The group maintained that Northern leaders witnessed ...
Amotekun: IPOB Commends South-West Governors, Blasts Ohanaeze, Others
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Amotekun: IPOB Commends South-West Governors, Blasts Ohanaeze, Others

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Saturday commended Southwest governors for establishing a security outfit, South West Security Network also known as Operation Amotekun. IPOB said the establishment of Amotekun was a dogged and courageous move to protect people of the South West. Recall that six governors of the region had on Thursday launched the Operation Amotekun in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. However, a statement by IPOB’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful reads: “We the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great and indomitable leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu commend South-West governors, elders, stakeholders and politicians for their doggedness and courage to protect their people and their region from the evil hands of Fulani terrorists he...
Amotekun: We Also Need Regional Security Outfit, Ohanaeze Youths Tell South-East
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Amotekun: We Also Need Regional Security Outfit, Ohanaeze Youths Tell South-East

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council worldwide has called on south-east governors to establish a joint security outfit to address insecurity issues in the region. Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the group’s president, and Okwu Nnabuike, its secretary general, made the request in a statement. On January 9, south-west governors will launch “Amotekun”, a regional security outfit. Ohanaeze youth asked the governors of Imo, Abia, Enugu, Ebonyi and Anambra to emulate their counterparts in the south-west. “OYC call on the South East governors to establish a joint security outfit that will uniformly curb crimes and insecurity challenges emanating from suspected herdsmen,” the statement read. “We want the South East governors forum to replicate in the South East, the new security outfit recent...
We won’t attend meeting with Miyetti Allah – Southern, Middle Belt Leaders
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We won’t attend meeting with Miyetti Allah – Southern, Middle Belt Leaders

THE Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum, SMBLF, yesterday, declined an invitation by former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd) on a roundtable on national issues and security scheduled to hold in Minna, Niger State.“ The leaders declined the invitation over the inclusion of Miyetti Allah to the roundtable describing it as “a grave insult” to them.“This was contained in a letter titled: Re: Roundtable on National Issues and Security and signed by Chief E.K Clark (PANDEF leader), Chief Ayo Adebanjo (Afenifere leader), Chief John Nwodo (President, Ohanaeze) and Dr. Pogu Bitrus (President, Middle Belt Forum). The statement reads: “We individually received your invitation to the above event holding in Minna between 29 and 30 July 2019. We thank you for your interest in...
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Yoruba Youths, Ohanaeze Reject ‘Fulanization’ Agenda, Issue 12 Demands

Politics Nigeria has been furnished with a Joint Statement from the Yoruba Youth Council and the Ohanaeze Youth Council, announcing their rejection of an alleged 'Fulanization Agenda'. The Statement issued on Sunday was signed by the President, Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide, Aremo Oladotun Hassan and Okechukwu Isiguzoro, President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide. "We are deeply concerned with grave hearts of regrets as critical stakeholders being the largest umbrella body of youths in the Southwest and Southeast Geo-Political Zones of Nigeria and In Diaspora, coupled with our unending disappointments and gross abandonment with the Muhammadu Buhari's led Federal Government to have conspicuously allowed the dreaded ongoing Fulanization of Nigeria remain unmitigated, despi...
Reconcile With Asari Dokubo – Ohanaeze Begs Nnamdi Kanu
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Reconcile With Asari Dokubo – Ohanaeze Begs Nnamdi Kanu

The leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide on Wednesday urged the Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)to reconcile with Niger Delta Leader, Asari Dokubo. The group, in a statement by its President General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, also expressed surprise on alleged federal government negotiation with leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to end kidnapping and killings in the country. It said the government should also dialogue with Biafra agitators who it said were not violent like the herdsmen. The group said: “IPOB should make peace with Asari Dokubo urgently as the rift is threatening the bond and partnership existing between the South East and South/South. “Since after the war, the two regions had been enjoyi...
Miyetti Allah: Fani-kayode Disagrees With Presidency
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Miyetti Allah: Fani-kayode Disagrees With Presidency

Femi Fani-Kayode, former Aviation Minister, has disagreed with the presidency on the recent claim of the latter that Miyetti Allah, a cattle-breeding group, is likened to other socio-cultural groups in the country. Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, had on Tuesday said Miyetti Allah is like Afenifere, Ohanaeze and should not be criminalised due to certain bad eggs among the group. He defended the recent meeting between the Federal Government and the cattle-breeding group, saying the gathering was to proffer solutions to the recent spike in crimes in some parts of the North. The presidential spokesman also denied the group was offered monetary compensation during the meeting to help curtail violence allegedly being carried out by its members. But disagreeing with Mr Shehu,...
South Should Forget 2023 Presidency – Junaid Mohammed
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South Should Forget 2023 Presidency – Junaid Mohammed

Junaid Mohammed, a Second Republic member of House of Representatives has stated that the South should forget 2023 Presidency as the North will present a candidate in the election year. The former lawmaker who claimed that zoning and rotation of power have collapsed and as such any region with the political strength can claim the coveted position, also accused Ohanaeze of collecting millions of naira to support Atiku Abubakar’s presidential bid. Speaking with Vincent Kalu, Junaid Mohammed who stated that the South should forget 2023 Presidency, added that the 2019 election had people who were responsible for maintaining law and at the forefront on mangling the election and upturning peoples mandate. On equity in 2023, he said; I don’t want to hear about this equity and justice...
Northern, N’Delta Elders, Ohanaeze, Afenifere, Others Endorse Atiku
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Northern, N’Delta Elders, Ohanaeze, Afenifere, Others Endorse Atiku

Less than two weeks to the presidential poll, a forum of Nigerian leaders and elders yesterday resolved to back the candidacy of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The third edition of the Summit of Nigerian Leaders and Elders with the theme: ‘The Search for Credible, Free and Fair Elections,’ which took place in Abuja, had in attendance the Chairman of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Prof. Ango Abdullahi; Leader of Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Chief Edwin Clarke; Leader of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo; President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo; and President of Middle Belt Forum (MBF), Dr. Bitrus Pogu. In a communiqué issued at the end of the five-hour summit and read by the spokesman of Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, the leaders emphasised that...
Nwodo Brokers Peace In Ohanaeze Ndigbo Bayelsa Chapter
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Nwodo Brokers Peace In Ohanaeze Ndigbo Bayelsa Chapter

  The President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, has resolved the lingering leadership crisis in the Bayelsa chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, . The protracted leadership crisis had factionalised the socio-cultural group in the area. Chief Chinedu Arthur-Ugwa, South-South Coordinator of Ohanaeze Youth Wing, told Newsmen  in Yenagoa on Friday that Nwodo had summoned the feuding factions and mended fences among them. Arthur-Ugwa applauded Nwodo for his fatherly role by listening to the grievances of the two factions and brokered peace, to pave way for the election of a new executive. He noted that the Ohanaeze national leadership had, after the peace initiative, appointed an election committee headed by Chief Charles Odunukwe, Vice President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. Accordin...
Incessant Attacks on Ohaneze: Stop  Provoking US, Nwodo Warns Ipob
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Incessant Attacks on Ohaneze: Stop Provoking US, Nwodo Warns Ipob

The apex Igbo Socio-cultural organization, Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, has advised the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, to stop antagonizing Ohanaeze in the overall interest of Ndigbo. Nnia Nwodo, President-General of Ohanaeze In a release on  Saturday, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Emeka Attamah, decried the incessant attacks on Ohanaeze Ndigbo by IPOB at any slightest opportunity. He regretted that even after the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, had condescended and repeatedly made clarifications on its stand on IPOB and efforts he has been making to seek redress for the organization, the latter was still hell bent on blindly accusing Ohanaeze of complicity in its woes. He cited the example of...
Fulani Herdsmen: Again, Ohanaeze Rejects Cattle Colonies, Condemns Killings
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Fulani Herdsmen: Again, Ohanaeze Rejects Cattle Colonies, Condemns Killings

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, has rejected Federal government’s proposed cattle colonies in order to curb the activities of Fulani Herdsmen. The organisation stressed that grazing colonies was not only against the bible but another form of internal colonization by the Fulani. The President of the Enugu State arm of the organisation, Alex Ogbonna stated this in a statement, while condemning the killings perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen across the country. Urging governors, lawmakers and politicians in the South East to reject the proposed move, Ogbonna insisted that grazing colonies was a grand plot to impose certain faith on the people of the region. The statement reads, “The recent killings by Fulani herdsmen in various parts Benue State and the Mid...
Biafra: Focus On Achieving Igbo Nation Through Referendum – Ohanaeze To Agitators
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Biafra: Focus On Achieving Igbo Nation Through Referendum – Ohanaeze To Agitators

The Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC, has called on agitators from the South East to focus on the 2018 Biafra restoration through the universally accepted peaceful referendum. OYC gave the call while advising agitators to discard rumour of Federal Government’s plan to establish a military barracks in Afara-Ukwu, Abia State, the country home of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. The body’s stance was contained in a statement signed by its National Vice President, Comrade Obinna Achionye. Achionye also admonished the Federal Government to urgently rebuild the Palace of Eze Israel Kanu of Afara Ukwu, father of Kanu, allegedly destroyed last September when soldiers raided it in search of the IPOB leader. The youths said rebuilding the palace could go a lon...
What Buhari Must Do In 2018 – Ohanaeze
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What Buhari Must Do In 2018 – Ohanaeze

President General of Ndigbo apex body, Ohanaeze, Chief John Nnia Nwodo has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to use the new year to remedy all the shortcomings of his administration by running an inclusive government. Nwodo said that the President should embark on a deliberate policy to bring all Nigerians together as one great political family. The Ohanaeze leader, in his new year message, noted that the state of the nation could be better than it is, adding that it is the responsibility of the President to put things aright. Nwodo said that while it is not arguable that democracy remains the best form of government for the country, there is ample room for improvement and the new year provides an opportunity for the ruling party, APC. The Ohanaeze said that the clamour for the restruct...
IPOB Reacts To Ohanaeze’s Position On Another Civil War
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IPOB Reacts To Ohanaeze’s Position On Another Civil War

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Friday reacted to a statement credited to the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nwodo that he is prepared to sabotage any attempt to cause war in Igboland in the name of agitation for Biafra. IPOB said the Ohanaeze President General, “demonstrated the highest level of cowardice” for making such a statement which will be seen as a, “sign of weakness at the heart of Igbo leadership.” The pro-Biafra group warned that no one or anybody else can, “stop or quench what is about to come in the name of Biafra.” IPOB’s declaration was contained in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful. The statement reads, “We note with great sadness the public acknowledgement of Chief John Nnia Nwodo the Ohaneze Ndigbo President General about hi...
Ohanaeze Replies IPOB: I will Sabotage Your Attempts To Cause A War – Nwodo
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Ohanaeze Replies IPOB: I will Sabotage Your Attempts To Cause A War – Nwodo

Chief John Nnia Nwodo, the president-general of a pro-Igbo group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has responded to the attacks of the Indigenous people of Biafra(IPOB) group. The now proscribed IPOB group branded Nwodo a ‘traitor’ on Thursday for organizing a meeting in the south-west instead of in the south-east. Responding to the statements of IPOB, Nwodo said that he will Sabotage any attempt to cause a war in Igboland in the name of agitating for Biafra. He said this while addressing Igbo people at the National stadium during an interactive session on Restructuring. He recalled how over 2 million Igbos lost their lives during the war and revealed that Southern leaders, governors and senators where all behind the calls for restructuring. He, however, criticized the calls for restructuring from...
2019: Igbo Will Support Candidate That Will Give Us Power In 2023 – Ohanaeze Chief Nnia Nwodo
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2019: Igbo Will Support Candidate That Will Give Us Power In 2023 – Ohanaeze Chief Nnia Nwodo

President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, has said that Igbo would only support a presidential candidate that will not stay in office for more than one term. Nwodo said this on Thursday, in Enugu State, upon his return from United States of America, where he went to inaugurate the North Carolina chapte of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation. He disclosed that as soon as all the candidates for the various political parties emerge, Ohanaeze would seek audience with them, look at their manifestos and lend support to the party that best protects the interest of Igbo. “Whoever wants to be president will assure us that he will not stay in office for more than one term. The Igbo will get presidency in 2023. This neglect will be worked out. We will look at who wil...
Ndigbo Has Sold Itself To President Buhari Cheaply – Ex-Ohanaeze Scribe
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Ndigbo Has Sold Itself To President Buhari Cheaply – Ex-Ohanaeze Scribe

A former Secretary-General of Ohanaeze, Chief Nduka Eya, has warned Igbos over their romance with President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress. Eya said Igbo sold themselves cheaply with the recent conferment of titles on Buhari. The Ohanaeze chieftain told newsmen on Friday that, despite its unholy romance with Igbo, the region would not be tricked to vote APC, in 2019 or today’s governorship election in Anambra. He said, “Let them stop deceiving the Igbo. I want the Igbo to know that the APC can’t give us 2023 presidency. The Igbo can only get it with a two-third majority, not through the promises being made by the APC. “The party thinks that Buhari’s presence in the Southeast will make the Igbo vote for the APC in 2019. That is not possible, except they rig t...
Anambra Guber: President Buhari Assured Me Of Free, Fair Election – Ohanaeze’s John Nwodo
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Anambra Guber: President Buhari Assured Me Of Free, Fair Election – Ohanaeze’s John Nwodo

The President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nwodo, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has assured him that the Anambra Election set to hold on Saturday, November 18, will be free and fair. Nwodo, who said this in Enugu on Wednesday, and further added that Ohanaeze has written the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for an observer status. “I have made representations to the President who has assured me that the elections will be free and fair. “Ohaneze notes with satisfaction the resolve of the people of Anambra State and all the political parties in Anambra state to turn out for the elections. Not to do so would be a disservice to Anambra State and Ndigbo,” he said.
Anambra Guber: IPOB Threatens Residents, Says If You Vote You Will Die
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Anambra Guber: IPOB Threatens Residents, Says If You Vote You Will Die

One week to the governorship election in Anambra State, the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra has threatened voters with death if they vote. They also vowed to disrupt the election. The members of the group marched around some streets in Onitsha, Anambra State on Friday, vowing a lockdown on the day of the election, which is scheduled to hold on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Members of the group can be heard threatening voters in videos of the march circulating online. They said, ““If you vote you will die. Don’t go out, stay in your house. If you vote on November 18, you will die. We are not running around for the zoo. “There will be no election. We will not participate, we will not vote. Nothing concerns us with any election. We are formidable. “We are in Onitsha to te...
How I Prevented War Over Nnamdi Kanu’s Style Of Biafra Agitation – Governor Ikpeazu
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How I Prevented War Over Nnamdi Kanu’s Style Of Biafra Agitation – Governor Ikpeazu

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, has revealed how he prevented war, following the agitation by Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. The governor noted that Kanu’s refusal to adhere to advice by South East governors and Ohanaeze leadership led to the Military action and as the “Chief Security Officer” of his state he had to back the action so as to safeguard lives and properties. Ikpeazu said both Ohanaeze leadership and South East governors wanted Kanu to make intellectual arguments to the Federal government on the issues affecting the region but he refused, opting for his style of agitation. Speaking with The Sun, Ikpeazu said, “If you have a two year old child in this house today and that child doesn’t go to school, he doesn’t go anywhere, before y...
We Supported IPOB Proscription To Save Lives, Douse Tension In South East – Ohanaeze
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We Supported IPOB Proscription To Save Lives, Douse Tension In South East – Ohanaeze

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-political organisation, has said its decision to support the proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, by South East governors saved a lot of lives and doused tension on the region. The organisation said the decision saved both the region and Nigeria from a major blood bath and crisis, following the clash between IPOB members and soldiers, hence it decided to throw its weight behind the ban. President-General of the organisation, John Nnia Nwodo, said people, especially youths, misunderstand the action of the South-East Governors in proscribing activities of the IPOB. Speaking in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, Nwodo noted that the governors took the action “out of a genuine desire to safeguard the lives of young people.” Notin...
Biafra Can Never Die Or Be Forgotten – Dozie Ikedife
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Biafra Can Never Die Or Be Forgotten – Dozie Ikedife

Dozie Ikedife, former President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, has maintained that Biafra can never die or be forgotten by people of the South East because it has become their identity. Ikedife, who is the convener of South East Elders Forum, noted that Biafra is very important to some people from the South East. Speaking on Friday in Nnewi, Anambra State, Ezeife stressed that nobody wants to forget their identity. Noting that no true, “Oduduwa or Arewa, would accept to forget their identities,” Ikedife said anybody who tells a group of people to forget their identity would be giving a wrong piece of advice “probably based on wrong perception or wrong understanding of what the agitation is all about.” The former Ohanaeze President also noted that he had always advocated that the is...
Biafra Is Not An Igbo Agenda – Ohanaeze Ndigbo
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Biafra Is Not An Igbo Agenda – Ohanaeze Ndigbo

The umbrella organisation of Igbo socio-cultural groups, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has said that the agitation for the restoration of Biafra is not an Igbo agenda. The president general of the group, John Nwodo, who made this known in Umuahia, Abia state capital, at the third inauguration of the state and local government executives committees of the Abia state chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, said the restructuring of the polity is and remains the position of Ndigbo in the ongoing debate about the future of the country. The group’s position counters the demand for independence canvassed by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The group, led by Nnamdi Kanu, has urged the federal government to convene a referendum that would give birth to Biafra, for the South East and some parts of the South...
IPOB: Ohanaeze Insists On Restructuring
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IPOB: Ohanaeze Insists On Restructuring

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo on Wednesday insisted on the restructuring of the country. The President of the group, John Nwodo, who stated this also said it was discriminatory and overhanded to tag the Indigenous People of Biafra a terrorist group. Nwodo said the Southeast had been over policed to intimidate and hold down the Igbo. In a lecture delivered at Chatam House in London he noted that the Federal Government did not punish the Arewa Youths despite the October 1 quit notice given to the Igbo in the North. Nwodo said: “The declaration of IPOB as a terrorist organization is in my view hurried, unfair, and not in conformity with the intendment of the law. “Whereas I am not completely in agreement with some of the methods of IPOB, like its inappropriate and divisive broadcast, the...
Ohanaeze Faults Okorocha’s Claim That Igbos Play Worst Politics In Nigeria
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Ohanaeze Faults Okorocha’s Claim That Igbos Play Worst Politics In Nigeria

The apex Igbo socio political organization, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has faulted claims by the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, that Igbos play the worst politics in Nigeria. Okorocha had called for a change in strategy if the South East was to attain political relevance in Nigeria’s political space. Reacting, Ohanaeze challenged Okorocha to carry out a critique of his remarks and come up with a more appreciable opinion. In a statement issued in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital, by its National Publicity Secretary, Prince Uche Achi Okpaga, the body described Okorocha’s claim as untrue. Okpaga said, “Every human being (or race) is affected or influenced by his cultural, religious and social backgrounds. Ndigbo are no exception. “The republican and egalitarian nature of Ndi...
Nd’Igbo To Adopt Spiritual Measure Against Marginalization
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Nd’Igbo To Adopt Spiritual Measure Against Marginalization

Igbo apex socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, yesterday said that it would use its 2017 Igbo Day celebration to seek the face of God to help the Igbo nation overcome the long years of marginalization and myriad of problems facing them in the country. The Chairman, National Organising Committee of the 2017 Igbo Day celebration, Dr Gregory Ibe, who disclosed this at a world press conference held at the Ohanaeze secretariat in Enugu after the inauguration of the committee, said they have lined up several church activities for the one-week long celebration to seek divine solution to the problems of the Igbo, as well as pray for the nation. His words: “As you are aware Ohanaeze annually organizes the Igbo Day Celebration as a way of commemorating the unique Igbo traditional heri...
MASSOB Kicks As Uwazuruike Attacks Ohanaeze President
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MASSOB Kicks As Uwazuruike Attacks Ohanaeze President

The leader of the Biafra Independent Movement, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, on Wednesday rejected the leadership of the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo. He said his movement would no longer recognise Nwodo as the leader of the apex Igbo socio-cultural group. Uwazuruike, who stated this in a statement in Awka, the Anambra State capital, said his non-recognition of Nwodo was as a result of his (Nwodo’s) meeting with an expelled member of MASSOB, Uchenna Madu. He said, “It was a deliberate move by Nwodo to spite my person as the leader and founder of MASSOB/BIM; that is why he (Nwodo) invited one Uchenna Madu to a meeting yesterday (Tuesday) in Enugu knowing full well that Madu had been expelled from MASSOB. “Nwodo is fully aware of his intentions knowing very we...
2019: Groups Shortlist Patience Jonathan, Ekweremadu, Obi, Ezekwesili To Take Over Buhari’s Job
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2019: Groups Shortlist Patience Jonathan, Ekweremadu, Obi, Ezekwesili To Take Over Buhari’s Job

Coming on the heels of the declaration by the Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC, that there was no going back on Igbo presidency in 2019, three Igbo groups have shortlisted the names of prominent politicians from the ethnic stock to stand for election as Nigeria’s President in 2019. Recall that the Ohanaeze youths had declared should the South-East not realise a president of Igbo extraction come 2019, it would see to the actualisation of Biafra in 2020. As if taking a cue from this standpoint, the World Igbo Youth Congress, WIYC, Igbo Students’ Association, ISA, and South-East Women Professionals, SWP, at the weekend shortlisted the following politicians as those to run for the nation’s top job in 2019. They include: the Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, former Anambra governo...
Quit Notice: Rise Up And Show You’re In Charge – Ohanaeze Tells Fed Govt
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Quit Notice: Rise Up And Show You’re In Charge – Ohanaeze Tells Fed Govt

John Nwodo, president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, says it appears that the federal government is “helpless” on the quit notice given to the Igbo in the north by Arewa youth groups. He urged the government to take decisive action on the matter. Nwodo while speaking on Sunrise Daily, a Channels TV programme on Monday, said despite the order issued by Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, and that of Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, to arrest those making such statements, nothing has been done. The president-general said the “hate” that the northern youths have “has reduced the authorities to being ineffective in the circumstance.” While appealing to the federal government to charge of the situation, he said the declaration by the youth was “treasonable” as it h...
Ohanaeze Youth Tells Igbo To Defend Themselves
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Ohanaeze Youth Tells Igbo To Defend Themselves

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, on Wednesday, told Igbo living in the North to prepare to defend themselves against possible attack by northerners. Addressing journalists after a meeting in Enugu, National President of the OYC, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said the ultimatum issued to Igbo by the northern groups was a call to arms, and should be treated as such by security agencies. “Igbo resident in the North should get ready to defend themselves in the event of any provocation and attack from the Arewa youths,” Isiguzoro said. He noted that the development could lead to another civil war in the country. The Ohanaeze youth leader said, “They are at it again and this is a sad reminder of the civil war. This is how it started as a joke and before we knew it, a coordinated and si...
Nigeria Not Your Conquered Territory, Ohanaeze Tells Northern Leaders
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Nigeria Not Your Conquered Territory, Ohanaeze Tells Northern Leaders

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio-political association of the Igbo, rose from a meeting in Enugu on Tuesday with a declaration that Nigeria was not the North’s conquered territory. Ohanaeze, which condemned the northern leaders’ opposition to calls for the restructuring of Nigeria, insisted that “all sections of the country are joint and equal partners.” Addressing journalists after a National Executive Committee meeting at Ohanaeze Secretariat in Enugu, the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, said northern leaders were acting as if Nigeria was their conquered territory. Ohanaeze was particularly miffed at the rejection of the recommendations of the 2014 constitutional conference by a group of northern leaders, led by Alhaji Bashir Dalhatu. “Some northern...
Free El-zakzaky, Nnamdi Kanu, Others – Ohanaeze Youths Tell Osinbajo
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Free El-zakzaky, Nnamdi Kanu, Others – Ohanaeze Youths Tell Osinbajo

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo youth wing has called on the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo to release all political detainees and freedom fighters held behind bars for expressing their ideological beliefs. The group made the call in a press statement issued in Abuja by its President-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, on Thursday. Isiguzoro said it was morally wrong and adversarial for the federal government to remain adamant to calls made by well-meaning Nigerians and groups seeking the release of the detainees, especially for health reasons. The youth leader further said that the federal government was indirectly brewing a Nigerian version of the ‘Arab spring’ by its refusal to listen to the people and to change the alleged cabal that is holding the country hostage. He said: “We are calling ...
Fulani Herdsmen Destroy Farms, Rape Our Wives —Ohanaeze
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Fulani Herdsmen Destroy Farms, Rape Our Wives —Ohanaeze

THE President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, has said the prevailing activities of the Fulani herdsmen had over the years led to the killing, maiming, raping of Igbo people and destruction of their farms. He said: “The peaceful coexistence between previously peace-loving Fulani herdsmen, who herded their cattle with long canes and our local farmers has been replaced by an era of AK-47 totting and rampaging herdsmen who kill, maim, rape our people and destroy our farms. “Not one of them is ever arrested for illegal possession of firearms. Even those arrested in Nimbo for mercilessly killing our people remain unprosecuted by the Northern dominated law enforcement agents.” Also, an Igbo chieftain in Ebonyi State, Chief Abia Onyike, alleged that the Fulani herdsmen have recen...

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