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Southeast Leaders: Insecurity, Major Hindrance To Development Of Nigeria

 

According to South East Leaders, the region’s growth is seriously hampered by the insecurity in the Southeast.

 

The Igbo leaders made these statements in a press release that Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide and Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, National Publicity Secretary, jointly signed. The press release was sent out at the conclusion of a retreat that Ohanaeze Ndigbo organised with the theme “Ako bu Ije” on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at the Old Governor’s Lodge in Enugu State.

 

H.E. Admiral Allison Madueke, GCON, chaired the retreat, which was attended by prominent Igbo sons and daughters both at home and abroad, including the governor of Enugu State, former ministers, academics, traditional rulers, captains of industry, religious leaders, youth leaders, and women leaders. The retreat focused on the current state of affairs in Nigeria and the role of Ndigbo in it, acknowledging that trying times call for divine wisdom.

 

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of Ohanaeze and the President-General’s ambitious plan to realign the Igbo nation’s place in Nigeria’s political hierarchy were also examined by the Igbo leaders.

The leaders called on security services, civil society organisations, and governors in the Southeast to step up their efforts in the field of security.

 

The communique reads “The general consensus here is that the provision of security will unlock our great potentials especially in agriculture. The Retreat also resolved to intensify its drive for the unconditional release of the detained leader of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

 

“The Igbo leaders emphasized the imperative of collaboration between Ohanaeze leadership and Igbo Governors for the realization of Ala-Igbo Transformation Agenda. The retreat also harped on the capacity of Ndigbo for self-sufficiency in food production and urged the Igbo Governors to key into this vision and also ensure tight security in the region to earn the confidence of intending investors.

 

“The Igbo leaders also endorsed the proposed N10billion Naira Endowment Fund from the Igbo in the Diaspora to give Ohanaeze a reasonable degree of financial stability.

 

“The Igbo leaders formally adopted the President-General’s vision on restructuring of Ohanaeze and the establishment of specialized committees for the transformation of Igboland. The new Ohanaeze structure comprises seven global zones, namely, Europe, North America and Canada, South America and the Caribbean, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa; while the three zones at the national level include Western, Northern and Eastern zones.

“The retreat also adopted the President-General’s blueprints on improving transportation in Igboland, implementation of the Orosanya Committee Report and preservation of the autonomy of PRODA; maximization of the Enugu Visa Office, sports development, ending unwarranted hostility to the Igbo outside Igboland, the release of Nnamdi Kanu as well as book publications and leadership awards”.

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