Igbo World Assembly (IWA), the umbrella body of Igbo organisations worldwide, has urged the Igbo extractions to ignore call from any quarter to boycott the Presidential election.
While lamenting what the group described as discord orchestrated by the enemies of Ndigbo both internally and externally, the Diaspora group in a world press conference Wednesday jointly addressed by Dr. Nwachukwu Anakwenze, Chairman, IWA; Christian Onuorah, IWA Vice Chairman, and Oliver Nwankwor, Secretary General, insisted that Ndigbo should go out to participate in the democratic election without fear or favour.
“IWA supports Ohanaeze Ndigbo as it works very closely with other socio-cultural groups across Nigeria including Afenifere, Northern Elders Forum, Pan-Niger Delta Forum and the Middle Belt Forum in endorsing the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and Peter Obi for the 2019 Presidential elections.
“IWA supports decisions taken by Ohanaeze Ndigbo in the pursuit of Igbo interest and not political interest. The decisions may not be acceptable to some individuals, groups, state governments, etc. for their selfish politics,” the group noted.
Rejecting any attempt to suggest that Ohanaeze Ndigbo is divided, IWA said, “Far from it. Ohanaeze Ndigbo is intact under the leadership of our able President General, Barrister Nnia Nwodo.
“IWA recognises Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by President General, Barrister Nnia Nwodo as the mouthpiece of Ndigbo worldwide.
“Therefore, any group or state governments or individuals who claim to represent or speak for Ndigbo does so for their selfish interest and should be condemned,” he said.
For IWA, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has not for once deviated from condemning any government both past and present that doesn’t have Igbo interest especially marginalisation .
The group said that Ohanaeze Igbo had been pursuing Igbo agenda in many issues including, restructuring of the country and Federal Character appointments which had not been reflected in this current government; the insecurity in the country and the killing of innocent citizens by the herdsmen, the politically-motivated fight against corruption and flagrant abuse of rule of law, among others.
The group said that they would support whoever would be elected by Nigerians in a free and fair election.
“IWA Igbo will support and take a strong position in matters of interest for Ndigbo and Nigeria in general in the areas of good governance, rule of law, security of lives and property, equity and fairness in the corporate Nigeria, youth development, among others,”the group assured.
The group disclosed that it would represent Ohanaeze Ndigbo Diaspora Committee.
“It is very important to bring to your attention this structural fact to Ndigbo at home and abroad.
It is also important to note that IWA had been working very closely with Ohanaeze Ndigbo for years both in normal times and in every turbulent and challenging time to this present status whereby Ohanaeze Ndigbo is accepted as the mouthpiece of Ndigbo globally,” he said.