I won’t disown IPOB, MASSOB – Ohanaeze President

Ohaneze Ndigbo, John Nwodo
Ohaneze Ndigbo, John Nwodo

The new President General of the Igbo umbrella organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nwodo, has charged Igbos to embrace his plan of uniting the people for the challenges ahead.

In a statement he personally signed, Mr. Nwodo also said he could not disown two separatist Igbo groups, IPOB and MASSOB.

Mr. Nwodo told various Igbo groups based in Abuja on Tuesday that the challenge before Igbo people in Nigeria is enormous and only a united and focused people can make a difference.

The Ohanaeze leader, who is on the first phase of his consultations with Igbos, asked his audience to bury whatever differences they might have and unite to confront any common enemy.

The consultations are expected to take Mr. Nwodo to Abuja and Lagos.

He said the goodwill and enthusiasm of the people on his emergence was the catalyst that would fire his determination to serve the people diligently.

On the separatist groups, Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, and Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Mr. Nwodo said, “no reasonable father would disown his child publicly because he misbehaved.”

He said Nigerians should also “ask themselves question regarding the circumstances that forced these youth to react the way they are doing.”

Mr. Nwodo said there were double standards in the handling of protesters in Nigeria by security agencies and wondered if there are different laws for different people.

He noted that the alleged persistent marginalisation of the Igbo in the country would be a thing of the past if the people took their destiny in their hands and took their God-given entrepreneurial skill home by investing in the spirit of “Akuruo uno” (the wealth that reaches home).

The Ohanaeze President, earlier on arrival in Abuja, paid a courtesy call on the palace of the Ezeigbo of Abuja, Nwosu Ibe, who prayed for him and charged him to restore the pride of Igbo people.

Meanwhile the Northern Traditional Rulers’ Council has congratulated the Ohanaeze leader, promising to have a healthy working relationship with him.

In a letter signed on behalf of the group by the Emir of Gummni who is the Chairman of the Coordinating committee, Lawal Hassan, the group said it was convinced that working in harmony with Ohanaeze would open new frontiers of cooperation among the people and engender peace, development and progress for the country.


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  • Darlington

    God bless Dr Nnia Nwodo. You have really started on a good footing. This is a clarion call for Ndigbo to unite.

    • Olaola

      Good footing for working with terrorist groups? What an asinine statement.

  • Olaola

    So the North should disown Boko Haram but you won’t disown your own terrorist groups. Nonsense, this guy has failed already, NEXT.

    • Decimator

      So you are now confirming the known,that the North formed, Nutured and Owns the Boko Haram Terrorism.

      Brake up the Mammoth called the non-existing one Nigeria Unity Now. Period

    • optimisticman1

      Bolo Haram is a killer squad while IPOB is a non violent separatist movement. Know that today , ignoramus.

    • Ohnigeria Godsavenigeria

      But Yoruba never disowned OPC. What a chameleon and hypocrite that you are.

  • Abdulkadir

    You don’t have to disown the personalities involved, but you must disown their activities.

  • Haba mallam

    Yes yes the security agencies must deal with your people decisively by whatever means necessary, your people are terrorists kidnappers arm robbers lying pastors 419ners thugs witches and everything wrong with Nigeria, the most corrupt people on this earth YOU ARE A BURDEN on Nigeria I wish you could just go away and find another country.

    • Really

      So where exactly does your problem lay? They are making it clear they want to go and you are asking your Tyranical state to deal with them decisively, yet wishing they could just go and form another country.

      Lead the protest to force your tyranical state to let them go out of your flourishing Nigeria or permanently short up. Period

  • Julius

    Let us all wish the man success..good luck as well !