Joint Communique By Global Igbo Leaders Over Ohanaeze Ndigbo Election

 
TO:

Ime Obi Ohanaeze Ndigbo

Chief Nnia Nwodo

President General Ohanaeze Ndigbo 

Barr. Uche Okwukwu

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Secretary General 

Chief Gary Enwo-Igariwey

Chairman Ohanaeze Ndigbo Electoral Committee 

Prince Richard Ozobu

Chairman Ohanaeze Ndigbo Electoral Committee 
 
Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Election 10th January 2021

The Global Igbo Leaders after an Emergency Zoom meeting held on 3rd January 2021 holistically reviewed the impact of Covid 19 and matters that are daily unfolding in respect of the forthcoming Ohanaeze Ndigbo elections; revolved as follows that:

1. The tenure of the current National Executive Committee of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in terms of the Constitution of Ohanaeze Ndigbo must end on the 10th Jan 2021.

 

2. In view of the health hazards associated with Covid-19 and limitation of lockdown measures; the confusion generated by the duplicity of outgoing Ohanaeze Ndigbo and their allies; and pursuant to the desire of Ndi Igbo to maintain unity in Ohanaeze and Igbo nation, we recommend that the 10th January 2021 election of Ohanaeze National Executive Council be postponed.

3. As a result, we, therefore, recommend that a properly constituted Ohanaeze Ndigbo Caretaker Committee be established to run the affairs of Ohanaeze Ndigbo from the 10th of January 2021. The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Caretaker Committee must be charged with full Executive powers must not include any of the outgoing National, State, Local Executives as member.

4. The Caretaker Committee to serve for a maximum of 3 months and renewable for a further 3 months should it become necessary due to Covid 19 lockdown measures; within which time it must, in turn, constitute an Electoral Committee to be ratified by Ime Obi Ohanaeze Ndigbo in order to conduct a safe, free, fair, and credible elections of the National, State and Local Government Executives of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. Furthermore, and in view of the Covid 19 potential implications, an electronic voting system is to be considered for implementation during the first 3 months period of the tenure of the Caretaker Committee.

5. We urge the Caretaker Committee and the Electoral Committee when constituted to take into account the resolutions and recommendations of the Global Igbo Leaders, and those of other Pan Igbo organizations, the Youths organizations and concerned Igbo individuals as well.

CONCLUSION 
In conclusion, we must emphasize that Ohanaeze Ndigbo is the Apex Igbo organization that was established to serve the purpose of every Igbo, should we allow it to fail, it would have a damaging and adverse consequence to the psyche of every Igbo person.

This is indeed a battle for the soul of the Igbo nation. We must not allow Ohanaeze Ndigbo to either split into factions or be captured by undesirable elections.

The Igbo nation is a significant integral part of the federation much as other federating units, should any damage be done to its Sociocultural organization, it surely must affect the unity and faith, peace and progress of the entire country.
 
Signed:

-Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) Nigeria
Prof Timothy Uzodinma Nwala

-World Igbo Congress (WIC) USA
Prof Anthony Ejiofor
Dr Festus Okere

-Igbo World Assembly (IWA) Worldwide
Dr Nwachukwu Anakwenze
Chief. Christian Onuorah
Chief Oliver Nwankwor

-Nzuko Umunna (USA and Nigeria)
Prof Chika Moore
Ngozi Odumuko

-Ndi Igbo Canada
Ben Allison
Canada

-Ekwe Nche USA
Luke Nwannunu

-Igbo Board of Deputies (Worldwide)
Barr. Austin Okeke
Mazi Obi Okoli

-Council of Igbo Communities UK
Barr Alex Coker Ezeamakam

-Aka Ikenga Nigeria
Ogbuefi Delly Ajufo

-Council of Igbo Leaders UK
Mazi Obi Okoli

-European Igbo Communities (EIC) Europe
Chief Oliver Nwankwor
Barr Alex Coker Ezeamakam

-Nkata ndi Iyom Igbo (Nigeria and UK)
Iyom Josephine Anenih 
Mrs, Regina Amadi

-One Voice UK
Mrs Joy Ukaegbu
Mrs. Eunice  Onwuamaegbu

-Women Support & Mediation Group UK
Mrs Amaka Agbai

– Council of Igbo States in America (CISA) USA
Mazi Amadiebube Mbama

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