By Ellien Ihemadu
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly Worldwide has promised to work with all Igbo youth and pledged its support to federal government owing to it developmental programmes in Igboland.
In a press conference addressed in Abuja recently, President General, Ohaneze Ndigbo General Assembly Worldwide, Bar. Basil Onyeachonam Onuorah informed that Ohanaeze General Assembly Worldwide will work with Igboland youth and support them to take advantage of both federal and state governments empowerment programmes, aimed at poverty alleviation.
Onuorah noted that they will begin with the ongoing youth empowerment funds and programs introduced by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
He said that Elders Council will no longer be business as usual and a one man show as it has been in the past.
He posited that this is the time for all our Igbo elders to participate in the affairs of OHANAEZE NDIGBO.
His words, “We commend Nigerian youths for standing up in moment of anger and frustration to speak up, the nationwide protest has yielded the anticipated attention from the Federal Government of Nigeria and concerned stakeholders. The youths must desist from further protest as their voices have been heard loud and clear”.
While stressing the need for unity in the country to achieve a greater nation, he cautioned that henceforth, any publication or gathering in the name of Ohanaeze Ndigbo anywhere in Nigeria or abroad without the due approval or recognition by the current National Executive of Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly Worldwide amounts to impersonation with the convener facing the full force of the law.
“On one Nigeria we stand! There is a great future in one Nigeria, this is the time for greater unity in Nigeria, a time to respect our elders and honour those whom honour is due, a time to consolidate on the visions of the founding fathers of OHANAEZE NDIGBO; it is the vision of our founding fathers to unite NDIGBO and speak with one voice.
“This is the time for NDIGBO to align and appreciate the Federal Government for its developmental strides in Igbo land.
“Under the present administration of Federal Government of Nigeria, people oriented projects capable of impacting on the economy of South East region have been prioritized in governance. “Recently, reconstruction of Akanu Ibiam airport was completed and commissioned. Enugu-Port Harcourt express road, Enugu-Onitsha express road and other arterial federal roads are at different levels of rehabilitation while construction work on the Second Niger Bridge is progressing at impressive speed.
“It is a thing of joy that Onitsha sea port is now functional, even as Ebonyi International Airport has been approved by the Federal Government of Nigeria and other gargantuan projects for the South East region”, he concluded.