Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: Igbos Unite for 2015 Presidency

The Igbos on Friday in Enugu organised a forum to discuss strategies to make the dream of Igbo presidency in 2015 a reality.

The group met under the aegis of Igbo Unity Forum and the forum was entitled: "Ndigbo in the Geo-Politics of Nigeria, the way forward".

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that it featured members of the Ohaneze Ndigbo, former governor of Anambra, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife and traditional rulers.

Delivering a key note address, Ezeife urged the Igbos to affirm their commitment in getting the presidency in 2015. "We have said that Igbo Nigerian president is important to us and we must pray to God to get it.

"Igbos should play a game of cooperation not competition. We are super qualified for the presidency but we will be organised to achieve it.

"This time around, we are going to cooperate, all Igbos must go for campaign in all the tribes in the country to tell them what we want," Ezeife said.

Ezeife, however, called for the implementation of the resolutions at the last South-east economic summit held in Enugu. The Deputy National President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Mr Iga Igaliwe, restated its commitment toward ensuring the sustainability of Igbo culture through its leaders.

"We will create a platform for our leaders to come and air their views because we know that our problem is failure in leadership. We must strive to achieve success." he said.

The Chairman of the occasion, Amb. Godwin Onyegbula, called for the actualisation of the Igbo cause to produce fruitful results. "Igbos need to work hard in the Nigerian political parties to establish relevance," Onyegbula said.

The President General of Umuada Igbo in Nigeria, Mrs Uzoamaka Ezeofor, in her speech decried the dearth of Igbo mother tongue. Ezeofor appealed to the parents to always teach their children Igbo language as a way of preserving their culture.

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