Deputy National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze, Chuks Ibegbu, called on Ndigbo to vote for only credible and proactive contenders ready to restructure the country
Magnus Eze, Enugu and Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha
Ahead of 2019 general election, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has cautioned Igbo to be wary of those they call political desperadoes inundating them with all manner of promises.
This came as the Igbo World Assembly (IWA), a body of the Igbo in 37 countries, disclosed that it would initiate an exchange programme and ensure that Igbo youths in the diaspora interfaced with their counterparts and students at home; including Gregory University, Uturu, in Abia State.
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Deputy National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze, Chuks Ibegbu, who spoke during the tour of facilities at Gregory University by the leadership of IWA and some chieftains of Ohanaeze, at the weekend, called on Ndigbo to vote for only credible and proactive contenders ready to restructure the country and provide a level playing field for all Nigerians.
He warned against rigging of 2019 election and urged politicians to stick to the rules of the election.
IWA President, Dr. Nwachukwu Anakwenze expressed delight with the giant strides of the university founded by Prof. Greg Ibe, whom he called a worthy Igbo son; especially the institution’s determination to promote Igbo language and culture.
In his remarks, the vice chancellor of the university, Prof. Juliet Elu, thanked IWA for the quality representation they offer Ndigbo in the Diaspora and assured that the university would do everything possible to ensure that Igbo are not found at the rung of developments in Nigeria and the world.
Similarly, Ibe promised to sustain the high standard the university had set for the benefit of Ndigbo and Nigeria, while calling on Igbo to see the university as their own by supporting its programmes and activities.
Meanwhile, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has said the group cannot be divided by anybody.
Kanu said if IPOB could not be divided while he was away, it would not be possible now that he has assumed total command of the push to restore Biafra.
“If IPOB couldn’t be divided in over a year of my absence, how can they hope they will succeed now that I have assumed total command of the push to restore Biafra? I have nothing against anybody, but, if you wish to rejoin IPOB, simply go to your nearest family meeting and beg them for forgiveness. Some Biafrans and the teeming masses of Nigerians are still suffering due to ignorance, lack of knowledge and irrational fear.”
This was as Kanu called on the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to join the group in its election boycott campaign.
Kanu, in another broadcast on Radio Biafra in Israel yesterday said the labour union’s demand could be met with minimal fuss before the presidential election of next year, if the workers remain resolute and determined not to vote.
“Nigerian workers are on a minimum wage of N18,000 per month, which is roughly $48 equivalent. Recently, they have been begging the government to increase it to N30, 000 about $85 per month. “So far, the government has refused.
“This demand can be met with minimal fuss before presidential election of next year if the workers remain resolute and determined not to vote. We call on all labour unions in Nigeria to join IPOB in election boycott campaign.”