It’s Time to Revert to the Old Alliance Between the North and the Old Eastern Region – Ohanaeze Advises Northern Elders

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The apex Igbo socio socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbothe organization issues a resounding call to Northern leaders to reflect on the historical missteps of their region from 1999 to 2023. This appeal is in response to the recent declaration by the leadership of the Northern Elders Forum expressing regret over their choice to support President Tinubu in the 2023 elections.

A Call for Reflection

The North must heed this call with grace, as they have been the architects of their own political misjudgments and blunders. Embracing the reality of realignment with the Southeast is imperative for the Northern region’s future prosperity. Without rekindling the traditional allegiance with the East, the North risks being ensnared by cunning politicians, perpetuating a cycle of regrets that has plagued the region since 1999.

Historical Binds and Lamentations

The ongoing lamentations of Northern leaders within the first eleven months of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration have not gone unnoticed by Nigerians, particularly the Ndigbo. Noteworthy figures such as the Sultan of Sokoto, Emir of Kano, and other eminent religious and traditional leaders have raised poignant concerns about the prevalent sufferings, insecurities, and poverty in the North. The voices of discontent from socio-cultural organizations and political figures in the North highlight a deep-seated dissatisfaction with the current trajectory.

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A Path to Redemption

In the annals of history lay the poignant memories of the harmonious political alliances that once existed between the North and the East in the early ’60s. The partnership between the NPC and the NCNC stands as a beacon of unity and collaboration that the North should consider revisiting for future elections. The regrettable choices made in past elections, as witnessed in Jos PDP1998 Convention the Northern choice of Obasanjo over Ekwueme, the 2015 choice Of Buhari over Jonathan, and in 2023 Tinubu over Obi, underscore the need for strategic realignment to avert future remorse.

Embracing a Future of Unity

Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro**, Secretary General of *Ohanaeze Ndigbo*, says that Ndigbo extends an olive branch to the Northern brethren, but the message remains clear. To pave the way for a prosperous future, a return to the table with the East is paramount. Though supporting President Tinubu until 2027 may seem prudent, the North must look towards collaborative efforts with the East, their traditional allies for sustained stability.

Conclusion

In conclusion, let the hearts of Northern leaders and the minds of the North be open to historical reflections and alliances. The undulating paths of politics demand discernment and foresight to avoid the temptations and pitfalls of momentary choices. The future beckons a united front, where the North and East stand as pillars of strength, forging a destiny free from regrets and fueled by mutual respect and collaboration.

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Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro
Secretary General
Ohanaeze Ndigbo

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