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CAC Withdraws Registration Certificate Of Ohaneze, Arewa, Other Groups

The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) has withdrawn the registration certificate of Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and other socio-cultural groups in Nigeria.

Disclosing this at the weekend in Abuja, the Registrar General of CAC, Mr Garba Abubakar, said the measure was part of the reforms the Commission was putting in place to subject such applications to thorough scrutiny following security threats that may arise from such registrations.

The RG noted that the reforms are a measure put together to sanitise the Commission operations which lead to the recent withdrawal of the certificate of registration earlier issued to Ohaneze Ndigbo General Assembly. He said:

“Yes, we have withdrawn the certificate of Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly because the certificate should not have been issued in the first instance.

“We have an established protocol that all organisations; ethnic, religious with political implication should be referred for security clearance before such organisations are registered. In 2017, a similar organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide applied to be registered and security agencies rejected it.

“It would have been a double standard to allow another organisation to be registered. Up till now, Arewa Consultative Forum is not registered because they were not given security clearance, we have South-South Youth Forum, NorthEast Youth Forum and so many organisations that have not been allowed to register.

“What we have done after withdrawing the certificate (of Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly), we now referred the application for security clearance, if at the end of the day we are advised that this object is consistent with what the law says, and the trustees are fit and proper, then we will go ahead, but till then, we have withdrawn the certificate and they have threatened to go to court, we are lawyers, we will meet them in court.”

Ohaneze to FG: Call Miyetti Allah to order to avoid burning down Nigeria

The apex Igbo cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has told the Federal Government to call to order the Miyetti Allah, the umbrella body of Fulani herdsmen in the country, over their incessant unguarded and provocative statements and threats capable of setting the country ablaze.

In a press statement, Ohanaeze Ndigbo condemned the effrontery of Miyetti Allah in seeking a constitutional arrangement that would make them take over the security of the entire South East.

In a story that has gone viral, Miyetti Allah asked the Federal Government to make a constitutional provision that would enable them to take over security in the South East as a panacea to the nefarious activities of their fellow herdsmen in the region.

But reacting to the proposal, the leader of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing, Mr Arthur Obiora, frowned at the suggestion which he said was an affront to the youth of Igbo land.

Mr Obiora said that the suggestion implied that Ndigbo were incapable of guarding their place and that unless Miyetti Allah were allowed to have their way, the constant killings, raping and harassment of the people of Igbo land would continue unabated.

The Youth Wing Leader admonished the Miyetti Allah and warned that it has become apparent that the herdsmen are not prepared to coexist with their hosts for their mutual benefit, but to take over their land for the grazing of their cattle.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo wondered what fate would have befallen any Igbo organisation that dared to make such an infuriating, provocative and impetuous demand in the North.

The Youth Leader warned that since the Miyetti Allah was underrating the ability and capacity of Igbo youth to sufficiently man and protect their land from Marauders, they would henceforth ensure that any future flagrant breach of peace in Igbo land by anybody or group would be met with stiff penalties and reprisals.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo reiterated that while Ndigbo are committed to playing benevolent hosts to anybody or group that wants to do genuine business and coexist with the people, stiff penalties would henceforth attend any act of brigandage or callous acts from any quarters.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo said that it was the indifference of the Federal Government to the hideous activities of Fulani herdsmen in the country that gave the Miyetti Allah the audacity and unbridled arrogance to venture such a vituperation.

It called on the Federal Government to publicly denounce the call by the Miyetti Allah to prove its noncomplicity in the demand which could set the country ablaze.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo noted that while the county’s constitution guaranteed everybody free movement and residence anywhere, it doesn’t permit killings, harassment or intimidation by or on any group in any manner.

BREAKING: Ohaneze, SE Governors set up Alaigbo Devt Fund project

The apex Igbo cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has set up a body for the rapid development of Igbo land called Alaigbo Stabilization Fund project.

Those appointed by Ohaneze for the project include a team of renowned experts in finance management and capital and human development, constituted to produce a blueprint for its immediate take off.

The members were carefully chosen from the seven Igbo-speaking states and the diadpora for their expertise and track records in their fields of specialisation.

According to the Special Adviser to the President General on Media and Publicity, Chief Emeka Attamah, the project is in reprobate to the decision of the South East governors and Ohaneze to work out a plan for the development of Alaigbo.

Members of the Steering Committee include the renowned economist and development expert and former Economic Adviser to President Obasanjo, Prof. Osita Ogbu, OON, as its Chairman, while Nnanna Anyim Ude will serve as the Secretary.

Others include: Mac Atasia, Ike Chioke, Patrick Okigbo, Dr Nick Okoye, Dr Ndy Onukwuesi, Emeka Onwuka, Dave Nwachukwu, Chief Aloysius Ihezie, Dr Bernard Orbika and Ngozi Odumuko.

Also amongst the Committee are: Jerome Okolo, Emeka Ugwu-Oju, Reginald Ihebuzor, Bekuochi Nwawudu, Monye Chuka, Dr Sam Amadi, Dr Joe Abah, Ede Solomon, Barrister Nwachukwu, AVM Obierika, Prof. Epiphany Azinge, Prof. Ejiofor (WIC), Prof. Viola Onwuliri, Mr Charles Nwodo, Kalu Onuma and Solomon E. Adima.

Still on the list are: Uzodinmma Okpara, Chief Tony Okeke, Okey Nwadinobi, Onyeka Onwenu, Mrs Ann Aligwe, Ebere Onwudiwe, Dr Alex Otti, Engineer Chris Okoye, Prof. Barth. Nnaji, ,Oscar Onwudiwe, Emma Onyilofor, Dr Chukwuma Agu, Prof. Joy Ezeilo, AIG Dr (Mrs) Grace Okudo, Ambassador Alex Nwofe, Ben Ezenta, Ebere Enemchukwu, Mazi Osita Okonkwo and Dr Mrs Grace Umezulike.

Also included are: Dr. Ken C. Nwekpa, Ferdinand Agu, Dr Nwachukwu Anankwenze, Chief Emeka Dire, Amadiebube Robert Mbama, Chief Lorrreta Aniagolu and South East Governors’ Forum Secretariat.

Sharia Law, Border Entry Without Visa: FG has sinister ulterior motive, says Ohaneze

The apex Igbo cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has , in the interest of the security of Nigeria, called on the Federal Government to rescind its decision to throw open the borders of the country to immigrants without visas.

In a communique issued at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Tuesday (17/12/2019) in Enugu, Ohanaeze Ndigbo decried what it called an unprecedented national decision that would occasion massive entry of foreigners, some with questionable characters into the country.

The body noted that such unchecked and unregulated influx into the country will further aggravate the security challenges facing the country.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo stated that the action tends to give credence to the suspicion that the Federal Government is still bent on implementing the RUGA programme and also to give a particular ethnic group undue advantage in subsequent elections in the country.

The apex Igbo body wondered why the Federal Government would take such an inimical decision without any corresponding offer to Nigerians into the benefitting countries.

Ohanaeze said that the security and economic fallouts from the said free entry of foreigners would further aggravate the security threat to the country beyond what is being experienced at the moment and called for a rethink.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo also condemned the selective and parochial siting of military universities as well as other universities and higher institutions entirely in the North to the total neglect of the Southern part of the country.

She holds that the warped decision is synonymous with the blatant and insensitive decision of the present administration to have people from a particular ethnic group and religion as the heads of all security forces and agencies in the country notwithstanding their ages and the fact that they should have been retired to give way to younger officers.p

Ohanaeze observed that this action of the Federal Government negates the constitutional provisions of the country that provides equitable representation and siting of amenities throughout the country in accordance with the federal character of the country.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo recalled that there has been a deliberate Federal Government policy to concentrate all military armaments and strategic units in the North with the South completely barren of such military presence except checkpoints that have metamorphosed into toll gates for the exploitation of Ndigbo and their Southern neighbours.

The communique further urged the military authorities to dismantle all the checkpoints along the roads in Igbo land, especially during this period of yuletide with the attendant mass movement of Ndigbo.

The communique also condemned the recent 30 billion dollars loan being taken by the Federal Government which will certainly add to the woes of Nigerians, especially in a situation where no sincere and transparent efforts have been made to arrest the scourge of corruption to guarantee its effective utilization in the interest of the masses.

Ohanaeze condemned the recent call by the Chief Justice of the Federation for an amendment of the constitution to include Sharia law at the apex court, adding that in the first instance, Nigeria being a federation is a secular state and cannot have any religion imposed on the country.

Ohanaeze, however, said that if there is need for any such amendment, it should be extended to other religions including Christianity and traditionalists to ensure equity.

Finally, Ohanaeze Ndigbo condemned in its entirely the attempted attack on a prominent Igbo son, Chief Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, the Minister of Transport, who was allegedly harassed by members of IPOB in Spain recently.

Ohanaeze said that the belligerent approach by IPOB torwards the struggle for the actualization of a sovereign state of Biafra is giving it a bad image and coloration.

Nigerians should be free and safe wherever they are in the world.

Chief Emeka Attamah
Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President General
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide

Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo Anambra Inaugurates Nnewi South Chapter

By Abuchi Onwumelu

The Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo Anambra Chapter last Tuesday Inaugurated Nnewi South Chapter of the Apex Igbo Socio-Cultural Organization with a call on the 24-man Committee to synergize and forge a common front with the traditional rulers and the presidents general of the various communities in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State.

The newly Inaugurated committee had Dr. Chudi Okechukwu as its chairman and had from now to 2021 to serve.

Inaugurating the committee at Ukpor, Nnewi South Local Government Area headquarters, the state president of the Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo Anambra Chapter, Ichie Damian Okeke-Ogene (Mbuze Nanka) harped on mutual respect and cooperation, calling on them to work closely with the traditional rulers in the area for improved service delivery.

Chief Ogene who is the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Anambra State Association of Town Unions (ASATU) enjoined committee operate all-inclusive leadership anchored on love and understanding, brotherhood, saying that they (the newly Inaugurated) would never exist in isolation, insisting that there was need for serious cooperation, collaboration and concelebration with all the recognized bodies in the area.

According to the Ohanaeze state president, they were at Ukpor to officially inaugurate the Nnewi South Chapter of the association which, he said, came into being in sometime ago, noting that they would carry out the same exercise in all the Local Government Areas of the state, adding that re-inauguration was part of his administration to reach out to the grassroots.

He emphasized that Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo had no interest in politics, saying that they were interested in peace, love and progress of every community in Anambra state. Ogene who led his fellow state exco to paid a courtesy call on the traditional rulers of Nnewi South at their Obi domiciled in the Local Government Area headquarters.

Ogene who was in the company of the Secretary of the state chapter of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Chief Nnawuzie, the administrative secretary, Chief Luke Onyekaonwu, the state women’s leader, Lady Ekwenibe (Mama Father) and others appealed to all well meaning son and daughter of Nnewi South to support Ohanaeze financially and materially, saying that the association had no known source of income.

He urged parents to look after their children, especially the girl child, stating that some mothers had threw caution to the wind, adding that daughters always emulate their mothers’ waywardness.

‘Modern day family is truly misbehaving. Some married women today compete with their daughters in committing all manner of atrocious acts. Starting from their dress code in public places. Men and women should live by example,’ Mbuze Nanka urged

Responding, the chairman of Nnewi South Traditional rulers council and the traditional ruler of Unubi, HRH Igwe Umennajiego, thanked Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo state leadership for the visit and for according them respect, assuring that they would continue to support Ohanaeze and its activities.

He advised Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo to thread cautiously on the issue of Fulani herdsmen, saying that asking herders to leave the Zone may not be in the overall best interest of Ndi Igbo, adding that those killing and raping women in the name of cattle rearing were not Nigerians.

The royal father who said he spent forty years in the Northern Nigeria enjoined all to be vigilant, saying that chasing the Fulani herdsmen away from the southeast would affect Igbo businessmen and businesswomen in the North adversely.

Earlier, the Chairman of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Nnewi South Chapter, Dr. Chudi Okechukwu who spoke on behalf of his colleagues promised to adhere strictly to admonitions of the state president.

Presentation of certificates to the newly Inaugurated committee, group photographs and refreshment formed the highpoints of the occasion.

MOBIN hails Ohaneze Ndigbo on Restructuring Summit

The Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN) is happy to identify with Ohaneze Ndigbo on its coming South East Summit on Restructuring.

With this Summit which seeks a redesigning of the country’s political structure, Ohaneze leadership under Chief Nnia Nwodo is set to carve it’s name in the sands of time.

MOBIN believes that Politics, Restructuring, Regional Government, Diplomacy and Economic Emancipation of our geographical region are alternative methods on our path to Biafra.

MOBIN is a human rights political movement of the Biafrans anchored on Freedom of Speech where everybody can express his or her political opinion without being tagged a saboteur.

The Biafran Freedom Movement has entered into the hands of intellectuals and elder statesmen, and MOBIN is gathering together the Biafra Intelligentsia to take the Biafra Struggle to the final level through political struggle.

The decision of Ohaneze Ndigbo, as the apex sociocultural organisation of the Igbo people is timely, and very laudable, as Ndi Igbo usually have been at the forefront of the agitation for a better political design of the country.

MOBIN, since it’s formation, has been working for the political and economic independence of our territory from external controls.

We have been employing diplomacy and negotiations, which is why we commend Ohaneze Ndigbo for launching this Summit where we can jaw-jaw instead of war-war on the best path to a better structured Nigeria.

We strongly believe that the Summit would yield desired results.

Finally, MOBIN is wishing Ndi Igbo successful deliberation, as Chief Nwodo’s Ohaneze hosts the Restructuring Summit.

Signed, Eberechukwu Anigbogu
Director General (MOBIN)