Ohanaeze Ndigbo endorses Jonathan for second tenure

Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, has endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for a second tenure of office.

The President-General of the group, Garry Igariwey, made the assertion on Tuesday in Umuahia, while briefing Gov. Theodore Orji of Abia, and the chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum.

The briefing was on the outcome of the meeting of the group in Enugu.

Mr. Igariwey said the decision to endorse Mr. Jonathan was unanimously taken at an enlarged meeting of all the affiliate Igbo groups.

He said the organisation was convinced that Mr. Jonathan’s administration had made tremendous efforts to address the infrastructure needs of the people of the South-East.

He appealed to other zones in the country to support Mr. Jonathan’s candidacy, saying it was only fair and just to allow the South-South to complete a second tenure.

He also urged Nigerians to realise that the wealth of the nation came from the South-South with the attendant environmental degradation.

The president-general added that no sacrifice would be too much to make for the area.

Responding, the governor thanked Ohanaeze for its decision, saying Mr. Jonathan deserved the support of all well-meaning Nigerians.

He said that Nigeria belonged to all Nigerians and that there was no justification for anybody to deny the president a second tenure.

Mr. Orji, who is the Coordinator of the Jonathan/Sambo Campaign Organisation in the South-East, promised to deliver the document of the endorsement to the president.

On the Ohanaeze delegation were the former governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi and Deputy Director-General of Jonathan/Sambo Campaign Organsiation, Ben Obi.

The Chairman of the South-East Traditional Rulers Council, Cletus Ilomuanya, is among others in the delegation.

(NAN)


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  • Mr. Abdin

    Business at work.

    • koyan

      IBB: Nigeria under Jonathan is in safe hands—IF you mean
      well for Nigeria support jonathan. IBB

      Former President Ibrahim Babangida
      has said that Nigeria under president Goodluck Jonathan is in safe hands.

      He stated this on Tuesday when he
      played host to Jonathan and his campaign entourage in Minna. The former
      military leader said Jonathan was a leader who would continue with the dreams
      of the country’s founding fathers.

      READ HIS FULL SPEECH BELOW

      The Former Chairman who is now the
      Director-General of Namadi Sambo and Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Team, the deputy
      chairman, distinguished ladies and gentlemen.

      My Governor, the chief servant. Mr President, I want
      to thank you most sincerely for finding time amongst your crowded programme to
      pay me a visit.

      I feel deeply touched Mr. President
      because on your own, you travelled to Germany to see me just coming out from
      hospital after a gruesome nine-hour operation on my back and tummy, I felt
      deeply touched by your kind presence.

      Then when I struggled and traveled
      back to Nigeria, you found time to also visit and see how I was doing. I thank
      you Mr President and I want to tell you that I appreciate that very kindness.

      You have also made a very good
      decision to visit me during your campaign tour because Minna is known for
      producing Presidents. Either from your name sake, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe who
      was born in Zungeru, not very far away from here.

      Since then all the Presidents that
      this country has produced have got one thing or the other to do with Minna.
      They do come to us for blessing and today I will offer this blessing to you.

      The house has played host to quite a
      number of activities in the past. When we were doing nocturnal activities to
      get PDP on track, we also played that role here in this house.. but we
      were doing it in the night because we didn’t want to be caught.

      Ahmadu Ali will also bear witness
      that this was so during the NRC and SDP days, so this is a peculiar and
      particular turf and myself and the family are very proud that we were able to
      play the little role we could in this.

      I want to commend the party and the
      party leadership for being very strong and one of the good things that this
      party has done, Mr Chairman of the party, is that our vision about the
      formation of two parties is good for this country.

      I have seen in PDP a party or
      organisation that is devoid of religion, ethnicity and so on and this is
      something we prayed for and you are showing the lead and I want that to
      continue.

      If others are breaking up, you must remain strong and I
      think that is how it should be.

      I’m glad you backed the President,
      back him strongly. The passion which the President has got, I share a common
      passion with him. That passion is making sure that Nigeria stays peaceful,
      stable, developed and transformed.

      It is a passion in Mr President that
      anytime I see you, talk to you, I come out with the impression of a very young
      man who has passion for this country.

      I wish you well on this and I want
      to assure all of you that Nigeria under Jonathan, we are in safe hands.

      Once more Mr President, Mr Chairman,
      Mr Vice President, all the distinguished friends, I want to thank you for
      finding time to be with us. Thank you so much.

  • nikoroorire

    Ohaneze Ndigbo, thanks for your endorsement of Jonathan for a second term, but when are we expecting an Igbo President of Nigeria-Food for thought ?

    • Dan

      They cannot eat their cake and have it. The south-east have now produce their president in the name of Ebele Azikiwe. After the north it will go back to the south-west and then south-south before another Ebele in the south-east, that is 24 years time to come; it is as simple as that.

  • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

    I want to believe that Ohanaeze Ndigbo get it wrong. We should graduate from politics of sectionalism to that of achievement and safety of our lives and properties. And if we are to rate the the present government with rational minds, there will be no reason why people from the Northeast will give GEJ a second time. The common story we hear from the South East is Boko Haram is a thing of the north. Some often say live them to kill themselves, we have no business in that. But it is in record that even Igbos were arrested at Nsuka with arms enroute to Boko Haram. What did GEJ did? Nothing.

    • Gurian

      What is politics of sectionalism? Where were you when the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) endorsed Buhari?

      • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

        No right thinking individual or entity will go for someone whose under his leadership a section of people are being kill daily and he or she doesn’t care. Yes he does not even care because his face is constantly smiling.

  • Intrepid

    T. Orji, the neophyte, is not a bright face for NDIIGBO. He has ruined Gods own state.

  • Papashango77

    Ohanaeze is a total failure.Well it is made up of old men with old ideas. Enemies of Nigeria. They can endorse him for all I care but I hope them come out that day to vote him as well. Those who have held this nation hostage God will visit them with fire and brimstones and when that fire start burning they should stand to face the music. 2015 is the year God will suprise all the enemies of our great nation. The yearnings and the aspirations of the suffering masses have been take note of. The time is now!

  • anneedu

    Good they endorse him but it was the same ohanaeze APC was blaming PDP for burning their building

  • Aisha Mammud

    Good decision from the Ohanezes for endorsing Jonathan for the 2015 poll. Nigerians are solidly behind GEJ because he is the best candidate compared to the other strong contenders. Up GEJ! #GEJ4NAija

    • glo

      Nwaokem, why you dey answer hausa name? Are you ashame of your true identify ? Anu ohia!

  • Aisha Mammud

    IBB: Nigeria under Jonathan is in safe hands—IF you mean
    well for Nigeria support jonathan. IBB

    Former President Ibrahim Babangida
    has said that Nigeria under president Goodluck Jonathan is in safe hands.

    He stated this on Tuesday when he
    played host to Jonathan and his campaign entourage in Minna. The former
    military leader said Jonathan was a leader who would continue with the dreams
    of the country’s founding fathers.

    READ HIS FULL SPEECH BELOW

    The Former Chairman who is now the
    Director-General of Namadi Sambo and Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Team, the deputy
    chairman, distinguished ladies and gentlemen.

    My Governor, the chief servant. Mr President, I want
    to thank you most sincerely for finding time amongst your crowded programme to

  • Aisha Mammud

    Any one who says Jonathan does not deserve to be our president should see a psychiatrics! Even the North and West will vote massively for him. #GEJ4Naija #NO2Buhari

  • BABUYANMA

    The shameless biafrians

  • kinsly

    I never heard our dear Prof. Once in his life condeming the hyper corruption bazar under Jonathan. Perhaps, he was a silent beneficiary. All thesame the points you raised are well noted, we await your own alternative and way forward.

    • mayGodpunishopressors

      Kinsly, I knew that Buhari corruption war will not and never be successful because Buhari have no strategy of winning the war. He fought it in this fashion in 1984/85 and today some of his ministers are among those he locked up in 1984. To fight corruption in Nigeria, you need a multidimensional approach. The way you fight corruption in civil service MUST be different from the method to fight politicians, different method to fight military & paramilitary. Private companies should have different approach and even schools, the method to fight corruption in schools be not be same as others. After buhari, all the politicians will come back to what they know best, and the cancer called civil servants will perfect better method of fraud.

    • Mufu Ola

      He was a definite beneficiary.He’s one of those loafers praying for the war on corruption to fail & then shout “Alleluya”.These characters will always find a way to say deride the war.Even if it is not perfect the fact is this is 1st time we have a leader serious about finding a solution to d problem in his own little way unlike others who don’t even corruption exist.It’s silly blackmail to say people saying “corruption is fighting back” are childish. This childish write up is itself a classic case of corruption fighting back by seeking to discredit it.How do they expect the war to be systemic when “those gangs” have erected solid road blocks on d way?And I wonder what strategy he brought to d Human Rights Commission that he headed.

    • Mosley

      Rubbish, all this hogwash talk about fighting corruption with out a single conviction is meaningless. Buhari was part of the Murtala/Obasanjo regime of 1976 that sacked people over the radio under the guise of fighting corruption. The fact was they deceived Nigeria with corruption fight to achieve their selfish aims. Our leaders should know providence has placed them present position they occuppy and they don’t own the country. Let them play their parts and get out and stop this holier than thou posturing.

      • Mufu Ola

        What’s your solution?

  • wode

    “President Buhari has proved dis-interested in undertaking the first; indifferent to creating the second; and entirely befuddled by challenge of the third.”

    Prof, I don’t entirely agree with the submission in those lines. As the first may seem so, and the third aptly, though hurriedly, put; the second is not entirely true. An example of ensuring compliance with the TSA by MDAs, making sure that the NUBAN and BVN policies by the CBN are maintained and put to use in tracking cases of frauds and accomplices are, to me, indications of prevention. It would be agreed that Institutions are not built in a day neither are the effects felt instantly. Also, it should be noted that irrespective of how strong institution may be, it’s people that are still going to run them. If the people give preference to warped lines of thinking and remain strongly hesitant to new and better ways of doing thing, no institution would work. We are in such a unique country where alternative ways are cunningly created by the corrupt elements to go around whatever measures that might have been put in place for control.

    I think, at the onset, there is a need to ensure that some examples are seen as repercussion of inordinate conducts and abuse of privileges, if nothing, to serve as deterrent. We shouldn’t forget that it would take some time before we get to Nigeria of our dream.

  • Ofon hawkins

    It is quite unfortunate that we take education seriously in Nigeria but we fail to actually use the proceeds of education in real life especially in governance. In order to obtain a Barchelor’s degree, a student is expected to undertake a research. Post-graduate programmes are mostly research-based programmes. A research basically entails an inquiry,an investigation and it usually comes up with findings and recommendations are outlined as well. Why did I bring in the concept of research? It is crucial for any government to first of all research into any endeavour it desires to venture into. For instance, Mr. Buhari is interested in fighting corruption. By his own definition, corruption is spending public funds or diverting same for personal gratification. His first question should be How are public funds diverted? After providing the answer to that(after extensive research), the next question should be How do we prevent public officers from diverting public funds? Many have questioned Buhari’s educational qualifications but I refuse to because even in the military, investigations are done. Recommendations are made. He rose to the rank of a general in the military. Without a holistic investigation into how public funds are taken, how do you stop it? Evidently, he may end up engendering corruption by doing the same things others before him did to facilitate diversion of public funds. It may not be too late. Buhari can investigate how government funds are being stolen (and let all Nigerians know) and source for how these avenues for diverting public funds can be stopped. Only then can properly educated Nigerians
    take him seriously.