The President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Ambassador Professor George Obiozor played host to the British Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Peter Thomas at the Ohanaeze Ndigbo National Secretariat, GRA, Enugu.
Chief Alex Chiedozie Ogbonnia, Ohanaeze’s spokesperson disclosed this in a press statement.
Obiozor used the opportunity to commend the British government for cordial relationship between Nigeria and the United Kingdom, adding that the United Kingdom is home to a lot of Nigerians. Obiozor reminded the British diplomat that of all the countries in Europe, the British are the most involved in the affairs of Nigeria.
He commended the various interventions of the Department for International Development (DFID) in Nigeria and hoped that they will not be discouraged by the current wave of violence in Nigeria.
Prof. Obiozor used the opportunity to explain that since about two months ago, the Devil has visited the South East of Nigeria. Obiozor recalled that the South East was the most exemplary in peace and security; the most organized with a vigorous grassroots economic activity until most recently.
He explained that the Igbo are a unique set of people in terms of hard work, ingenuity, perseverance and inventiveness, adding that whatever you deny the Igbo, they struggle and get it by themselves.
He regretted that these spates of violence are occurring when the call for Igbo presidency in 2023 has gained traction from probability to possibility. He enumerated the causes of agitations in the South East and the need for restructuring of Nigeria to reflect true federalism. He emphasized that Nigeria owes equity and justice to the South East and that the Igbos are the most federating group of people in Nigeria.
The Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Peter Thomas had earlier stated that the essence of his visit was to find out from the Igbo Leader why the South East has suddenly become violent.
The diplomat expressed concern that peace in Nigeria is of utmost importance to the United Kingdom and believed that the visit will go a long way to enlighten him on the facts on ground. Others in the delegation are the Regional Co-ordinator, South East/ South South, Olachi Chuks Ronnie and James Guntent.
In his vote of thanks, the Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Ambassador Okey Emuchay, MFR commended the delegation for their timely fact finding mission and praised their courage for braving both the real and imagined insecurity situation in the South East.