Politics : Ohanaeze – Igbo will never go to war again

The Igbo apex socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has said that the Igbo
will never again go to war to resolve conflicts in the countrySaying, the Igbo would
rather use diplomacy as a tool for peace and conflict resolution.
The President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, stated this at the
2018 Igbo International Leadership and Good Governance Retreat held at Abagana,
Anambra State.
The retreat was organised by the World Igbo Leadership Council and the World Igbo
Information and Communication Network.
The first retreat was hosted at Ibusa, Delta State by Prof. Pat Utomi in 2016, while the
second was hosted by Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu in 2017 at Uburu in Ebonyi State.
While citing the issue of states and local governments’ creation in Nigeria in which
he said the Igbo were shortchanged, Nwodo noted that such anomalies could be
corrected through dialogue and making other Nigerians to see the need for equity and
justice in the Nigerian project.
He said, “The military created states and local governments and gave the North the
highest numbers, not because our population was the smallest but was just part of
marginalisation
“But we should be patient and continue to do what we have already started, knowing
that the battle is no longer the type that will be fought with guns but with intelligence.
“We have suffered so much and that is why we should apply diplomacy. One of such
diplomatic moves is the planned handshake across the Niger in which Igbo leaders
will be negotiating with Yoruba leaders in Enugu in the coming week.”
Meanwhile, a former president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Anambra State chapter, Chief
Chris Eluemunor, has said that, as someone who fought in the Nigeria -Biafra war of
1967-1970, he would not like another generation of Igbo to experience such war
again.
He added that what the people should be fighting for “is the restructuring of Nigeria in
such a way that everybody will be happy.
He recalled that the leadership of Ohanaeze invited the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu,
on several occasions for dialogue, “but he failed to use his brain and rather resorted to
insulting everybody.
He added, “What the Igbo people want is restructuring because if you restructure
properly, it is as good as being independent in your country. You cannot declare
independent in an enemy territory and expect him to allow you to go just like that.
“What Ohanaeze is saying is that it is restructuring that will give us what we want.
Our people are doing business in all parts of the country and in a restructured Nigeria;
Igbo will have a good base. We learnt our lessons during and after the civil war and
we would not like our people to make another mistake.”