Ohanaeze scribe under fire over comment on 2023
* As youth wing says ‘APC brought only hardship, death to Igbo land ‘
By Steve Oko
The General Secretary of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Uche Okwukwu, has come under fire over his recent comment that more states in the South East would come under the control of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC before 2023.
Okwukwu who also came under severe criticism shortly before the 2019 presidential election over his pro -APC remarks and purported endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari, made the latest comment while congratulating Senator Hope Uzodinma on his victory at the Supreme Court which made him Imo governor after sacking ex -Gov. Emeka Ihedioha.
Piqued by the comment credited to Okwukwu, Ohaneze Youth Council, OYC, warned him not to drag the revered apex Igbo socio-cultural body into partisan politics.
The Comrade Igboayaka. O Igboayaka -led National Executive of OYC in a press statement by its National Publicity Secretary,
Kalu Nwokoro Idika, said Okwukwu was on his own and never spoke for Ndigbo but for his selfish interest.
OYC which said Igbo youths who are critical stakeholders in Ohanaeze were never consulted, warned that henceforth, any comment on the political future of Ndigbo which does not reflect the common position of the generality of Ndigbo would attract penalty.
Describing the Ohanaeze Scribe’s comment as “childish and ridiculous”, OYC alleged that APC -led government never brought any meaningful development to Igbo land but misery and agony.
The statement read in part :Our attention
has been drawn to a ridiculous statement credited to the Secretary General of Ohaneze Ndigbo (the parent body of Ohaneze Youth Council). In the said statement, Mr Uche Okwukwu said “a greater number of states in Igbo land would be won by the All Progressives Congress before the 2023 general election”.
“This bogus and childish remarks were made during a congratulatory message to the new Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, on his convoluted victory at the Supreme Court. OYC as a body considers such statement as irresponsible as it doesn’t in anyway reflect the interest of Umu Igbo.
” He didn’t consult Ohaneze Youth Council despite knowing the youths are strategic to the well-being of any nation. We won’t take further mortgaging of our future.
“We warn Uche Okwukwu not to drag Ohaneze Ndigbo into any dirty partisan politics. The era when political manipulators take undue advantage of Umu Igbo is far gone.
“No Igbo enclave will pitch tent with any political party but will only accept and work with any party that will solely articulate and address the myriad of problems stagnating the economic wellbeing of Ndi Igbo.
“After all, the 8 years of senator Rochas Okorocha as the Governor of Imo State was a massive failure. Till date, we are yet to recover from the political mishap in the State.
” OYC is more interested in having credible and responsive leaders irrespective of the party they will come from. Political party affiliation means nothing to us.
” Any political party that won’t adopt our seven – point agenda won’t see the light of the day in Igbo land. This is as any political leader from Igbo extraction that attempts to please others at the expense of Ndi Igbo will be considered a saboteur. OYC is readily gearing up to wipe out every puppet political leader through all democratic means.”
OYC claimed that the APC -led government has not in any way better the lots of Ndigbo.
“The APC led government in Nigeria has only brought untold hardship and death to Igbo land.
“It is unfortunate that the same Mr. Uche Okwukwu who is hailing APC couldn’t utter a word when over 200 innocent Igbo youths were massacred in Afaraukwu in Abia State during the infamous operation Python Dance while thousands of Bokoharam members that decimated, killed and displaced millions of Nigerians are being pampered and compensated for the carnage they have committed and keep committing in the country.
“The present APC government in Nigeria is shamefully enmeshed in selective justice, marginalisation, tribalism and all manner of despicable acts.”
OYC warned Igbo elite to refrain from remarks that do not represent the collective interest of Ndigbo, adding that the tribe are faced with more daunting challenges than which parties wins more states in the future.
” There are a lot of pressing issues that deserve more attention than the parochial remarks made by the general secretary of Ohaneze Ndigbo. Mr Uche Okwukwu sounded very selfish and unfatherly in his remarks”.Steve Oko, Publisher/C.E.O, WaWa News Global. For more information on advert placement and news coverage, contact us on: 08038725600, or via email firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Always read WaWa News Global - Your most dependable online news platform for the latest breaking news in Nigeria.