Global Igbo body canvasses competence, fairness in next Ohanaeze leadership
The Igbo World Assembly (IWA) has urged the ethnic nationality to prioritise non-partisanship and fairness in the choice of the next President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
It specifically cautioned against the election of a politician as the next chief executive of the body, even as it stated that it was the turn of Imo State to occupy the revered seat.
Restating its recognition of Ohanaeze as the mouthpiece of the South East globally, IWA, in a statement issued after a meeting at the weekend, insisted that the coming Ohanaeze administration “must possess leadership qualities that include non-partisan politics.”
The document, signed by IWA Chairman and Secretary-General, Dr. Nwachukwu Anakwenze and Chief Oliver Nwankwor, observed: “The next President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo must make true consolidation of governance of all the Igbo-speaking states an item for his executive council.
“Hence it is the turn of Imo to produce the next President General, IWA, therefore, urged the state chapter to ensure that the aspirants it will present for election are so eligible.”
They went on: “Ndigbo want Ndi-Imo State to come together and present their best candidates for President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. A person that will promote the continuity and stability of the organisation.
“The person must be known and have a good working relationship with other regional powers such as Afenifere, Ijaw (Youth) Movement, Middle Belt Mandate (Forum) and the Arewa (Consultative) Forum as well as be an Igbo to the core with a good understanding of the culture, be fearless and ready to promote, defend, pursue and deliver the Igbo agenda.
The group further demanded: “Our new Ohanaeze President General must be able to confront the security problems in Igboland, assemble the business community within and outside Alaigbo for the development of Alaigbo, reach out to women and youths, establish financial independence for Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and be a person that cannot be blackmailed by forces working against Igbo interest.”
Consequently, IWA called for the release of the election timetable and convening of an Ohanaeze Imeobi meeting to enable the Igbo in Diaspora to plan their participation.
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