A faction of the youth wing of the Ohanaeze Youth Council,(OYC), has lamented the inability of the parent body, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, to unify the Igbo nation.
OYC expressed disappointment on the lingering crisis in the apex body and further regretted that no existing government had ever strived to unite the Igbo race.
The Igbo socio-cultural youth group, in a press statement made available to NDREPORTERS on Sunday, said the unification of Ndigbo had remained paramount in the quest for liberating the race from its age-long restraints.
OYC maintained that the Igbo new generation under Ohanaeze Youth Council, (OYC) must “regain its aura and reposition Ndigbo to its height of dignity.
According to the group, the first fundamental element of Igbo liberation is uniting Ndigbo for political and economical purpose.
“There is no existing government that unites the Igbo race, even the Ohanaeze Ndigbo socio-cultural organization which should serve as the Customary Government of the people according to the UN law on the establishment of Customary Government, has lost almost 35% of Ndigbo in the 8 states of Rivers, Edo, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Kogi, Benue, Cross Rivers and Bayelsa.
“The Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) in their wisdom and drive for Igbo Unification has reached out to indigenous Igbos in the South-South and North Central(Kogi and Benue states) and set this brand of unification to the new leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by Prof. Ambassador George Obiozor to adopt it. There’s need to change the narrative”.
Ohanaeze youths, while describing Prof. Obiozor as one of the outstanding Igbo elder statesmen with a sense of the history of Igbo extraction and community territorial borders, expressed confidence that the present Obiozor led administration would no doubt restore the long lost dignity of Ndigbo in South-south, Southeast and North-central.
OYC further described the Igbo nation as the most united race in the world but regretted that Governors and other leaders in the area had over the years, failed to put into effect structures for the political and economic survival of Ndigbo.
“Ndigbo presently, are divided by politically created states and zones. But, by individual relationship and solidarity, Igbos are the most United Race in the world, but politically not in the path for economic development. That’s why it has been difficult for governors of Igbo extraction, even in the five major states of the established Southeast by Nigeria couldn’t come together to promulgate a framework for the political and economic survival of Ndigbo, the people they lead