Access Xtra Cash

Access Xtra Cash
Know More...

"You were still in school when North, South agreed on rotation" - Ohanaeze Ndigbo to Governor Yahaya Bello

Gov. Yahaya Bello


It worries us as the foremost movement for actualization of President of Nigeria of South-East extraction in 2023 that, in spite of common sense and our several statements decrying partisanship by Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo sociocultural association has continued to find partisanship irresistible.

If Ohanaeze chieftains love partisanship so much, they should join the political fray as chieftains of one political party or different political parties. They could even register a political party of their own.

What is certainly odd is where a sociocultural body that should be non-partisan issues statements that betray its partisanship. It is wrong so to do.

Yet, Ohanaeze has non-partisan and non-controversial roles it could play in the democratic process. One of such roles should be to sensitize and mobilize Ndigbo to register in the ongoing INEC registration of eligible voters. Another should have been in making a strong case for creation of additional polling units in the Igbo areas. A third should be in making sure that every Igbo person is captured in every census exercise in Nigeria.

We are disappointed that Ohanaeze shies away from such roles that will position Ndigbo well in political engagement but dabbles in such things as blasting Governor Yahaya Bello or directing Anayo Okorocha and Chibuike Amaechi to consult on 2023 presidency.

The types of Ohanaeze's political intervention are not healthy for Igbo politics. We advise that the Igbo sociocultural association should leave partisan politics to partisan politicians; otherwise, they would pitch Igbo against Igbo or sow seeds of discord between South-East politicians and politicians of other geopolitical zones with whom South-East politicians of the various political parties must collaborate on 2023 presidency, etc.

*"You were still in school when North, South agreed on rotation"* - Ohanaeze Ndigbo to Governor Yahaya Bello.

It worries us as the foremost movement for actualization of President of Nigeria of South-East extraction in 2023 that, in spite of common sense and our several statements decrying partisanship by Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo sociocultural association has continued to find partisanship irresistible.

If Ohanaeze chieftains love partisanship so much, they should join the political fray as chieftains of one political party or different political parties. They could even register a political party of their own.

What is certainly odd is where a sociocultural body that should be non-partisan issues statements that betray its partisanship. It is wrong so to do.

Yet, Ohanaeze has non-partisan and non-controversial roles it could play in the democratic process. One of such roles should be to sensitize and mobilize Ndigbo to register in the ongoing INEC registration of eligible voters. Another should have been in making a strong case for creation of additional polling units in the Igbo areas. A third should be in making sure that every Igbo person is captured in every census exercise in Nigeria.

We are disappointed that Ohanaeze shies away from such roles that will position Ndigbo well in political engagement but dabbles in such things as blasting Governor Yahaya Bello or directing Anayo Okorocha and Chibuike Amaechi to consult on 2023 presidency.

The types of Ohanaeze's political intervention are not healthy for Igbo politics. We advise that the Igbo sociocultural association should leave partisan politics to partisan politicians; otherwise, they would pitch Igbo against Igbo or sow seeds of discord between South-East politicians and politicians of other geopolitical zones with whom South-East politicians of the various political parties must collaborate on 2023 presidency, etc.

By Dr. Chinedu Jideofo-Ogbuagu,
National Coordinator,
South-East APC Presidency Project 2023.

Post a Comment

0 Comments