By Chijindu Emeruwa
Igbo leaders of thoughts have resolved to continuously seek for a system or polity that would guarantee and secure social, political and economic interest of ndigbo in Nigeria, based on equality of citizenship, equity and justice.
The leaders stated that the igbo nation shall diligently and boldly work hard to convince other Nigerians to support Igbo’s quest to become the President of Nigeria as 2023 is the right time for Ndigbo to occupy the seat of the Presidency of Nigeria.
To this end, the Igbo leaders therefore urged igbo politicians to ensure that their respective political parties produce candidates of igbo extraction as presidential candidate of their respective political parties.
Their position was contained in a communique issued to newsmen on Monday in Umuahia, after the 6th World Igbo Summit held at Gregory University Uturu, Abia State.
The communique was jointly signed by Senator Ike Nwachukwu, Prof. George Obiozor, Prof. Gregory Ibe, Iyom Josephine Anenih and Dr. Ifedi Okwenna.
The Igbo leaders of thought, urged ndigbo to remain politically active and conscious to ensure that the about 26 million registered voting strength of Ndigbo all over Nigeria are effectively mobilized, through regular voter education to strengthen the capacity of the zone to negotiate and ultimately win the Presidency.
“We call Igbo legislators in the National Assembly to seek collaboration with members from other zones to amend the Electoral Act to accommodate a provision that compels INEC to ensure rotation clause in parties constitution, as a requirement for registration, while all our sons and daughters in any political party strive to ensure “rotation of Presidency” clause in their party constitution.
“Ndigbo know that they can only realize their aspiration through persuasion of other Nigerians and are therefore ready and are engaging other Nigerians and people, and are not antagonistic and abusive as some people are wrongly asserting.
“The summit reaffirmed the urgent need for restricting of Nigeria to allow for growth and development in line with resolutions of the 2014 National Conference and The Awka declaration of Ndigbo on restructuring of Nigeria.
“The Summit acknowledge the fact that Ndigbo have substantial investments and is doing business in various parts of the country, we call on the Federal Government to ensure the security of lives and property of all Nigeria, particularly Ndigbo, as they are usually the main target of hoodlums in times of crisis”.
The two day World Igbo Summit was chaired by former Chief of General Staff/Vice President of Nigeria, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe, Rtd and was physically and virtually attendedthe President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Nnia Nwodo, Federal Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, former Senate President and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, Prof Joe Irukwu, Prof Ihechukwu Madubuike, Prof. Augustine Uwakwe, Dr Okey Ikechukwu and many other Igbo great intellectuals, professionals, businessmen, Civil society activists and gender advocates.
The just concluded World Igbo Summit with the theme,”Enduring Future for Ndigbo: Expectations and Challenges”, was aimed at reawakening the Igbo consciousness and ensuring that Ndigbo become more organized and cohesive, making their voices and demands for restructuring Nigeria and networking for Presidency of Igbo extraction, loudest.