The crisis rocking the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has deepened following recent declaration by the youth wing of the association, Ohanaeze Youth Council, that there would be change of guards in the leadership of the body.
A statement issued by the president of the youth wing of the association, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro and other officials of the youth wing said that there would be an election of a national Acting Steering Committee of Ohanaeze Ndigbo with a vibrant Enugu State citizen, to complete the tenure of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo presidency presently zoned to Enugu State.
“Some respectable Igbo elders, leaders of thought, captains of industries and intelligentsias have not only intervened but agreed to convene and as well invited us to this weekend’s ‘Save Ohanaeze Ndigbo’ meeting in Owerri, Imo State, with the intent to strategize and reposition Ohanaeze Ndigbo, for the return of Igbo cultural nationalism.”
The youths promised to attend the meeting to brief Ohanaeze Ndigbo stakeholders on the alleged scams by Nwodo allegedly perpetrated on behalf of the Igbo apex body.
‘’We were also made to understand that there will likely be a change of guards in the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and election of a national Acting Steering Committee of Ohanaeze Ndigbo with a vibrant and good headed Enugu State citizen, to complete the tenure of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo presidency presently zoned to Enugu State”, the youths added.
It would be recalled that the Ohanaeze Youth Wing had earlier announced the ‘suspension’ of the president general, Chief Nnia Nwodo.
According to a statement issued to reporters in Enugu, the leadership of the women wing of association was part of the decision to suspend Nwodo.
But, the National Executive Council of Ohanaeze led by Nwodo had earlier declared that the Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro-led youth wing was legally dissolved in 2016 while the tenure of the women wing had expired in 2017.
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