Njiko Igbo, a non partisan political movement, led by a former governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, has restated its position of pursuing its objective of the election of a president of Igbo extraction for Nigeria in 2015.
The acting National Publicity Secretary of Njiko Igbo, Brady Chijioke Nwosu, who stated the position of Njiko Igbo, lamented the marginalization of Ndigbo in national leadership positions and reaffirmed the resolve of Ndigbo at home and in the diaspora for the actualisation of Nigerian president of Igbo extraction in 2015.
Mr. Nwosu stated that Njiko Igbo, which stands for unity by mending fences and faces, is apolitical, without bias towards any political party or association.
He said the leadership of Njiko Igbo, including the Protem Coordinator, Orji Kalu, and the Chairman, Senator Sylvester Anyanwu, are apolitical.
He said: “The group is for all Igbo sons and daughters irrespective of age, religion, place of residence, political party, profession, association and economic status amongst others.”
He described it is a common platform initiated to provide a common voice in the repositioning of the South East region in terms of development and leadership positions.
The acting secretary identified the aims and objectives of Njiko Igbo as the name connotes to include harmonisation of diverse interests in the South East zone of Nigeria, promotion of a common South East voice on national issues, rejuvenating the spirit of political participation among the grassroots across the zone as well as channeling commitment to positive national goals, building bridges across political tendencies in the zone and extending such bridges to other geopolitical zones for the full re-integration of the zone, amongst others.
Mr. Nwosu disclosed that the leadership and members of Njiko Igbo are consulting with stakeholders across the geopolitical zones of the country and outside Nigeria “to advocate our position on the Nigerian project.”
He maintained that the Igbos have greatly contributed to the economic development of Nigeria and have also supported other regions in clinching the presidency, adding that this should be a period of compensation for Ndigbo for their patience, sacrifice and national contributions.
Mr. Nwosu disclosed that the project has received the support of Nigerians and promised to strengthen dialogue, consultation, stakeholders’ engagement, advocacy and campaign as key tools in driving the aspiration of Ndigbo.
He called on Ndigbo to be committed, courageous and focused for what he described as a selfless fight, imploring them to use social, print, electronic and other means of communication to share the message of Njiko Igbo globally.