Ohanaeze: Iwuanyanwu leadership a new beginning for Ndigbo

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Apex Igbo sociocultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has welcomed the choice of elder statesman, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu as its new President-General.

The group enthused that Iwuanyanwu’s leadership would be a new beginning for Ndigbo.

The national publicity secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr Alex Ogbonnia, in a statement issued in Enugu on Thursday, said that various reactions from the members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of Ohanaeze and from all the organs of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide indicated wild jubilations with the news that Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, who is also the chairman, Ohanaeze’s Council of Elders, has been selected as a replacement to Ambassador George Obiozor who died in 2022.

He said, “In line with a doctrine of necessity, the NEC had at the demise of Professor George Obiozor directed the people of Imo State to find a credible replacement of Obiozor for the post of president general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide.”

He described  Iwuanyanwu as “one of the finest amongst the Igbo; a philanthropist par excellence, massive employer of labour, robust creative thinker, brave soldier, accomplished engineer, astute business mogul, industrialist and sagacious politician”.

Ohanaeze also noted that Iwuanyanwu had also served as chairman of its State Creation Committee, Planning and Strategy Committee, Political Committee, and Constitution Drafting Committee.

The group commended the Imo State Council of Elders for unanimously selecting Iwuanyanwu, and urged members of Imeobi Ohanaeze Ndigbo to endorse the decision of the Imo State Council of Elders in good faith.

“From all perspectives, with Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, it is a Eureka, an Igbo refound and a new beginning for Ndigbo”, Ohanaeze said.

According to Ogbonnia, “Beyond the above attributes is the general outcry for the prerequisites or the required persona for the office of the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide. Most expect the president General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to be economically stable and viable. 

“He should have a presidential stature and clout. He should have robust intellect and a mind of his own. The president General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo must detach himself from any governor and should have the courage and moral authority to reproach or condemn a governor or any high office holder who goes against the Igbo interest or public norms. 

“The President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo must show capacity in many respects. He should have the courage and convictions to channel Igbo interests to the President of Nigeria without compromises. He should place Igbo interest above self interest. He should be large enough or should have the tentacles that will incorporate the Igbo elements in the South South of Nigeria and other sundry places. The person must have contributed his quota in diverse forms in promoting the Igbo heritage. 

“The president general of Ohanaeze must not only understand the intricate and labyrinthine political dynamics of Nigeria but must have sufficient political and business contacts across Nigeria and beyond; in other words, he should understand the nuances of governments at all levels. It is important to add that reverence to age is part of our culture and to that extent, the person must have an elderly disposition up enough to command the allegiance of most.

“More importantly, the president general must have been an active participant in the Ohanaeze activities. And more—.Chief Iwuanyanwu fits in squarely into the above prerequisites”. 

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