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One would originally ask, what is this rift between IPOB, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the Five Southeast governors? Are they from one race, region? What is the end game to all these brouhahas? Why can they not forgive each other and move on? Just so you do not get carried away, let me tell you the sole responsibility of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and why it was established.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo is an apex Igbo socio-cultural group in Nigeria. The group represents all Igbo communities within and outside Nigeria. Igbos by census, represent one of the three largest ethnic groups in Nigeria.
·        Formation: 1976
·        Headquarters: Park Avenue, Enugu
·        Membership: 5 states (+ Igbo indigenous communities in Rivers, and Delta states)
·        Official language Igbo, English.
·        Budget Primary Contributors - Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo.

Although the group is not a political party, part of its objectives of creation is to foster unity among its members in order to better allow them to be representative within the political scenario of Nigeria.

After the Nigerian civil war, some prominent Igbos gathered to proclaim the need to unify Igbos under a common umbrella body. This initiative was much welcomed considering maximum displacement of the Igbos during the war and its aftermath. An organizational assembly was created, referred to as the Igbo National Assembly (INA). This organization was later banned by the Federal Military Government at the time, probably due to the Government's fear of a grand suspicious agenda being cultivated by the Igbos via the organization; hence, the creation of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, in 1976.

Professor Ben Nwabueze, a foremost constitutional lawyer, assembled prominent Igbo leaders to form the organization of which he emerged the Secretary-General of the organization spanning a period of 20 years. The organization was effectively championed and supported by the Kingsley Mbadiwe, Dr. Michael Iheonukara Okpara, Dr. Pius Okigbo, and Chief Jerome Udorji (who served as the first Secretary General), among other notable Igbo personalities. I would not want to go deep to explain to you what Ohanaeze Ndigbo actually stands for, but I would recommend that you make use of your Google and then read the rest of it.

Now, we shall go straight to the main reason of this article. Like I stated earlier, Ohanaeze Ndigbo is an apex Igbo socio-cultural group in Nigeria. The group represents all Igbo communities within and outside Nigeria. Now talking about Ohanaeze Ndigbo representing all the Igbo communities within and outside Nigeria, what are they representing? Good interest or Bad interest? Since it was created to foster peace and unity among the members, this is where you will draw your mark sheet and determine whether they have done well in representing Igbos. Can you beat your chest and say this is the only good thing Ohanaeze Ndigbo had brought to the people of the southeast?

Look at all the states in the southeast, are there any tangible developments? Deplorable roads, no electricity, no quality health centre, poor educational system et al. These were supposed to be the main focused of Ohanaeze Ndigbo but truth be told, they have absolutely done nothing. I totally score them zero.

I won’t bother talking about the governors because we all know what they stand for but combining the two bodies, you would realise that they are all with same responsibilities. Now tell me what these people are doing to better the lives of the people in the southeast? If they were all doing well, would they be at loggerheads with IPOB?

Ever since the agitation for Biafra nation, they would have understood the reasons why Biafrans has made up their minds to leave. Truth to be told, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the Five Southeast governors originally were supposed to be the main headliner of this struggle because if they truly represent the good interest of their people, they would have realised that the Igbos has not been treated fairly by the federal government of Nigeria. Biafrans became tired ever since Aburi accord was dishonoured and absconded. Biafrans became tired ever since the Igbos were sidelined from the federal appointments. Igbos became tired ever since Nigeria started going after our entrepreneurs. In fact, Igbos became tired the very day they started killing our brothers and sisters unjustly.

These people have failed woefully in their responsibilities to protect the lives of their subjects. In fact, they brought more penury and deaths more than before. That actually was what made Kanu became tired and he brought IPOB on board to right the wrongs of these failed leaders. IPOB came on board to help save their own from the continuous killings, marginalizations, subjugations and other forms of inhumane treatments.

Primarily, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the governors would have worked together with IPOB knowing fully that they have failed. Sensibly speaking, Chief John Nnia Nwodo would have stepped aside and let the young hands lead the way but instead, they allowed jealousy take the best part of them. Because they were afraid that IPOB would be cutting off all the juicy pipelines linking them with the Nigerian government. Because they knew that with IPOB on board, they will lose their relevance, immediately they started working as an opposition body, they collaborated with our oppressors and brought the military in the name of Operation Python Dance to kill the only man that stood uprightly, the only man that refused to be swayed by the cosmetic promises from our oppressors. That resulted to the untimely death of our armless brothers and sisters, and till date our leader Kanu is nowhere to be found.

Okay! Even when peace was brokered between Ohanaeze Ndigbo and IPOB (since they felt that without peace, there won't be progress); IPOB gave them conditions for peace, if truly they were remorseful, why did they fail in meeting up with the conditions? What is so hard in de-proscribing the most peaceful freedom movement? What is hard in suing the federal government? What is so hard in atoning for their treacheries by compensating the families of the deceased? What is so hard in compelling the government to provide Kanu and his parents? With the time given to them by IPOB, if truly they were remorseful, what stopped them from meeting with those non-stringent conditions? The fact that they failed to meet with those conditions, shows that they were not for peace instead they were infiltrators (snakes) sent to disorganise the struggle but thanks to Chiokike Abiama that they did not succeed. IPOB were 10 steps ahead of them.

Ever since then, Chief Nnia Nwodo and the five (5) saboteurs masquerading as southeast governors has been working against the good interest of their people. Ever since then, they allowed another Operation Python Dance 3 to happen in Biafra (the most peaceful region), that shows that they are not for the people instead against the good interest of the people.

Since they are hellbent on frustrating the good efforts of IPOB in restoring Biafra, they deserve to be banned. So, at this point, they have outlived their usefulness. They no longer represent us, with our future in their soiled hands, we all are heading to a catastrophic dead end. They deserved the punishment they got. They are hereby banned from speaking on my behalf and the entire Biafrans. With or without them, Biafra must surely be restored. Nothing and nothing will stop her freedom.

God Bless IPOB!
God Bless and Protect Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
God Bless Mazi Uche Mefor
God Bless Biafrans.

Come quickly oh Biafra!


Written by:
Victor Obinna Uzoaga
[TBRV Writer/Reporter]
For: The Biafra Restoration Voice -TBRV

Edited By:
Precious Diala Sparrow
For: The Biafra Restoration Voice -TBRV

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