… Summit tasks Ndigbo to work hard to achieve the target of Presidency
… Says others must be convinced to back president of Igbo extraction
… Insists now is the right time for Igbo to occupy the exalted seat
… Calls on S/East NASS lawmakers to lobby members from other zones
As the clamor for President of Igbo extraction in 2023 general elections continue, stakeholders in the project rose from the 6th World Igbo Summit and tasked politicians from the area to boldly and diligently work hard to achieve the target.
A communiqué issued at the end of the two days summit also challenged stakeholders to try as much as possible to convince other Nigerians to support the quest for the President of Igbo extraction come 2023, noting that it is the right time for them to occupy the highest office in the land.
The discourse at the 6th World Igbo Summit held at Gregory University, Uturu, Abia State, focused on the expectations and challenges of Ndigbo ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The communiqué, signed by Senator Ike Nwachukwu, Professor George Obiozor, Professor Gregory Ibe, Iyom Josephine Anenih, and Dr. Ifedi Okwenna, tasked Igbo politicians to ensure that their various political parties pick an Igbo man as their presidential candidates.
The summit was organized to bring together Igbo elders, leaders, and great minds to x-ray the historic and contemporary realities in Nigeria today, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the EndSARS phenomenon and its resetting agenda on the socioeconomic and political landscape of Nigeria, and proffer options to achieving the set targets for Ndigbo going forward.
The theme of the World Igbo Summit, “Enduring Future for Ndigbo: Expectations and Challenges” aims at reawakening the Igbo consciousness and ensuring that Ndigbo becomes more organized and cohesive, making their voices and demands for restructuring Nigeria and networking for Presidency of Igbo extraction loudest.
The communiqué also called on Igbo lawmakers at the National Assembly to collaborate with members from other zones to seek amendment of the Electoral Act to accommodate a provision that could compel the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to ensure rotation clauses in the constitution of various political parties as part of requirements for registration.
The summit urged Ndigbo to remain politically active and conscious to ensure that the about 26 million registered voting strength of Ndigbo all over Nigeria are effectively mobilized through regular voter education to strengthen the capacity of the zone to negotiate and ultimately win the Presidency.
“Ndigbo should know that they can only realize their aspiration through the persuasion of other Nigerians and are therefore ready and are engaging other Nigerians and people, and are not antagonistic and abusive as some people are wrongly asserting,” the communiqué stated.
The summit reaffirmed the urgent need for restructuring of Nigeria to allow for growth and development in line with resolutions of the 2014 National Conference and The Awka Declaration of Ndigbo on the restructuring of Nigeria and acknowledged the fact that Ndigbo has substantial investments and are doing business in various parts of the country.
“We call on the Federal Government to ensure the security of lives and property of all Nigeria particularly Ndigbo as they are usually the main target of hoodlums in times of crisis,” the communiqué added.
The summit expressed appreciation to the Chancellor and Management of Gregory University for their commitment to the re-engineering of Igbo growth and development through her Igbo Renaissance Centre.
The meeting, attended by great leaders of Igbo extraction both physically and virtually, was chaired by former Chief of General Staff/Vice President of Nigeria, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe (rtd).
Also in attendance was the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Nnia Nwodo, who also declared the summit open. Others were Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu; former Senate President and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim.
Others include Prof. Joe Irukwu, Prof George Obiozor, Prof Ihechukwu Madubuike, Professor Greg Ibe, Iyom Josephine Anenih, Dr. Ifedi Okwenna, Prof Augustine Uwakwe, Dr. Okey Ikechukwu and so many others from all walks of life from all parts of the world.