The Igbo apex socio-cultural group, Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, has called on the Chairman of the South East Governors Forum, SEGF, David Umahi, who is also the Ebonyi State Governor to convene an emergency meeting of Igbo leaders and the youth leaders for the purpose of addressing the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the forthcoming Anambra State governorship election respectively.
The group, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, said the meeting was necessary to resolve what they described as ‘the crisis of confidence currently witnessed in the south east region and to ensure that Anambra State election holds peacefully.
Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide further pleaded with the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to reconsider the seven days ‘Sit-at-home’ order across the South East scheduled to commence from November 5th to 11th, 2021, so that the governorship election for Anambra State scheduled for November 6, 2021 can hold.
According to the group, Anambra State is the melting pot of Igbo traders and artisans and the home to the greatest number of small, medium and large scale industries in the South East, adding that the state has the largest market in West Africa and also the economic live wire of the South East with an impressive steady growth trajectory.
Chief Ogbonnia described Anambra State as an Iroko tree that has numerous birds perched on the branches and therefore any harm done to it will create untold disastrous chain reactions and catastrophe for the Igbo.
He stressed the need for the meeting to be convened as quickly as possible and that leaders of the various youth groups should not be excluded.
He further noted that there is a yawning gap between the youths and indeed the masses on the one hand and the political leaders on the other.