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The state of Imo state before the emergence of the Imo governor-elect Hon. Emeka Ihedioha was that of hopelessness and helplessness. Every Imolite knows the situation the outgoing governor plunged a once vibrant, pace-setting and outstanding state in Nigeria.

The state of Imo state before the emergence of the Imo governor-elect Hon. Emeka Ihedioha was that of hopelessness and helplessness. Every Imolite knows the situation the outgoing governor plunged a once vibrant, pace-setting and outstanding state in Nigeria.

Life, verve, vigor and vibrancy are returning to Imo State. The success story of the incoming government is the composition and inauguration of a Transition Committee, followed with Inauguration Committee. A close inquisition of the committees composed of brain-boxes, national and international gurus, technocrats and seasoned and accomplished politicians. The Discourse Column is elated the compliance of the suggestion to other governorship candidates to surrender, subordinate to the candidacy of Hon. Emeka Ihedioha for there are many positions to fill outside the governorship position. With the composition of the two committees especially the inclusion of media gurus such as Chief Fidel Onyeneke and members of the committees have what it takes to bring back life to Imo state. Imo State shall rise again.
The 2019 general elections against its staged-managed imperfections, the role of Chief Nnia Nwodo led Ohaneze Ndi-Igbo in sensitization of Ndi-Igbo, South-east and South South was so enormous that it worthy, revisiting. In x-raying the above topic, I make do and avail my readers to the Discourse Column of the Moment Newspaper edition titled: How Nnia Nwodo is giving Biafra Ohaneze impetus. Read to evaluate.
“The emergence of Chief John Nnia Nwodo as the new President General of what outsiders considered as toothless, castrated and uneventful Igbo Socio-Cultural Organization Ohaneze on the 10th January 2017 was the greatest thing that has happened to Ndi-Igbo. Greatest in the sense that previous leaderships of Ohaneze were stooges, lackeys, manipulated by self-serving Igbos externally financed, recruited and paid to destabilize an independence-minded Ohaneze. Those external forces are afraid that if Ndi-Igbo put their acts together, those who infiltrate their ranks will no longer dig in to divide, polarize and exploit their disunity. The infiltrators continued their balkanization of Igbo leadership up to the last Ohaneze Ndi-Igbo leadership. Apart from external forces, the last leadership was a willing tool, a pawn in the hands of one or two governors of the zone as a result the goodwill that followed the emergence of Igariwey led Executive lost credibility and followership.
The election of John Nnia Nwodo this time was divine and for a purpose and to right the wrong of his predecessors.   Consequently, Nwodo emergence prompted me to put up a write-up in my popular Discourse Column of the Nigeria Moment edition 20-23 January, 2017 titled: Road Map for the new Nnia Nwodo led Ohaneze Ndi-Igbo. I commended the new leadership for coming up at a time Ndi-Igbo are facing enormous challenges “The new Ohaneze Ndi-Igbo leadership is challenged to live up to the expectations of majority of Ndi-Igbo over a minority, narrow, selfish, self-centered interests and kleptomaniac group whose ambition is to continue to stand aloof and further the impoverishment of the masses. They are afraid that under an ideal situation, the opportunity to plunder the common-wealth, stupendous allocations due to the zone will be checked. An independent Ohaneze Ndi-Igbo will canvass for or guarantee equality, egalitarianism, justice, true federation and federal character principles. The new executive should insist on good governance with accountability and transparency as a watchword”. I stated point blank
Rising to the occasion and to confront these challenges head long, less than two months in office, the President-General has surpassed his predecessors. Although cerebral like other previous Presidents-General, Nwodo has been able to revolutionize the office, carved a niche for himself as one who is not ready to play a second fiddle, play along once the interests of Ndi-Igbo are on the line, in jeopardy. He treads where others in the past feared. Nnia Nwodo is fearless, outspoken and does not handle Igbo issues at the national level or elsewhere with kid glove or levity.
Those who often pretend that Ndi-Igbo are not marginalized, persecuted and prosecuted under Buhari are put to shame. Nwodo tells Nigerian bankrupt leadership the uncomfortable truth that Ndi-Igbo have been relegated, dehumanized and pushed away from the main stream politics. Specifically and at no time have these injustices been perpetuated than in the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Those Nigerians, Igbos who see IPOB, MASSOB as illegal organizations that must be destroyed and expect Nnia Nwodo to toe their line, keep quiet are disappointed.
The new Ohaneze Ndi-Igbo President-General does not equivocate over Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu. He insists that the reason for self-determination apologists is as a result of the deliberate policy to marginalize Ndi-Igbo perpetually.
One Nigeria, to Nnia Nwodo is not without preconditions. In one of his interviews with a National Newspaper, the President General said, “No doubt there is strength in diversity.' This is the greatest African country in terms of land mass, population and mineral resources, and also in terms of potentials for leadership and development. It is in the interest of all of us to work together. But we have got to do it the right way and if we don't get it right, we might as well say, to your tents Israel' that is all I am saying”.
Since coming on board, Nnia Nwodo is making it loud and clear that the incarceration of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and other pro-Biafra activists for exercising their constitutional rights to express, ventilate or vent their anger, misgiving, marginalization peacefully is wrong. According to the President General, Boko Haram, Oodua Peoples Congress, the Middle Belt Forum and the Niger Delta Militants have one way or the other protested against the government destructively, particularly Boko Haram. In an ideal situation, the Biafran question should have been addressed after the Nigerian Civil war. Unfortunately, the injustices Ojukwu was fighting against post-independence Nigeria are still manifest, with obstinate deaf ears to them. In his address to a delegation of World Council of Churches Umuahia, March 28, 1968, Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu said, “The Biafran problem to most major powers is a nuisance.
They would rather not have to deal with it in a world already gripped with the Vietnam war, economic crisis, monetary crisis, election fever here and there. There is an initial resentment against Biafra for leading them into another problem when they have got so much to deal with.
Secondly, the Biafra problem was not regarded, a major problem in the world, and it is only recently that people began to understand the fullness of the problem. Originally, people regarded the problem as that small Biafra so tiny Biafra fighting for oil. That impression is, of course, ridiculous.
We are sure that this fight is a fight for Africa and in a way, a fight for the blackman. What we are trying to do here is to establish the fact that despite this black colour of our skin, we are men, human beings to be accepted as such.
It has always seemed somewhat strange to us here in Biafra that the tragic events which occurred in what was the former Federation of Nigeria and which are being reenacted during the current Nigeria-Biafra conflict have hardly raised a murmur in the civilized world. This apparent indifference or apathy seems even more strange when we recall or are witness to the feverish concern often shown over similar situations in other parts of the world which though reprehensible enough and deserving of condemnation pale into insignificance in comparison to the tragic experiences of the people of Biafra in the last few years.
No people within recent history, with the possible exception of Jews during the Second World War have suffered so much injury or faced such a grim possibility of certain death and extermination in their God-given land. The silence of the World was therefore a matter for great disappointment and sorrow for us.
History abounds with instances where the world rallied to uphold the sanctity of human lives.
This was the case in the creation of the state of Israel, after the Jews had been subjected to atrocious massacres like ours. The only difference here is that the world statesmen have only acted where the lives of non-Africans are involved. It is against this background of world apathy we must view this urgent appeal of the world's largest Christian bodies”.
Juxtaposed Ojukwu's address in 1968 with what is happening now, in the Niger Delta in terms of oil exploration and expropriation, who is guilty, - South-easterners or Northerners?
In the case of MASSOB, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and others in prison with him, the Nigerian Military under the leadership of Lt. General Turkur Burutai has been indicted for the destruction of lives of innocent Pro-Biafran agitators, for no other reason than canvassing for self determination. Burutai could not have acted alone without deriving powers from PMB.
Evidently determined to pursue the rights of the Igbo nation in the contemporary Nigeria, the President General of Ohaneze Ndi-Igbo, Professor Charles Soludo, Mr. Pat Utomi and other Igbo sons are demanding the unconditional release of all Pro-Biafra agitators.
The President-General Ohaneze Ndi-Igbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo joined his colleagues from the South-West zone- Afenifere, the Middle Belt Forum, Northern Elders Forum, and the South-South PANDELF in comparing and contrasting two major candidates in the 16 February, 2019 Presidential election incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. The lot fell on Atiku Abubakar after taking into consideration argument for and against both parties. If the incumbent President Buhari had shouted loud and clear that if elected he would embark on restructuring these organizations would have routed for Atiku Abubakar.   
Chief Nnia Nwodo is not against Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. What he is against is his approach that exposes innocent Igbo youths to extinction by security agencies. The Ohaneze Ndi-Igbo President-General disagreed with election boycott as to do so is playing to the hands of our enemies. Consequently Ohaneze Ndi-Igbo embarked on vigorous campaign for Ndi-Igbo whenever they live to use their population wisely, positively to enrich good governance. He reminded Ndi-Igbo that it was the boycott of the governorship elections in Anambra state that Chief Willie Obiano won his re-election instead of the PDP candidate. An eye-opener the coast became clear for Imo State to vote massively for the PDP candidates Hon. Emeka Ihedioha. It was also Ohaneze Ndi-Igbo that galvanize the re-election of Ebonyi, Abia, Enugu state governors. With Imo State liberated from the strangle-hold of Okorocha whose 8 years as governor portrayed and betrayed Ndi-Imo and the entire Igbo race as scorn and scum bag, the South-East is once again resurrecting.
The new Ohaneze Ndi-Igbo leader must be commended for waking up the consciousness of Ndi-Igbo in looking inward for the salvation of the Igbo nation. Nwodo remains unequivocal in demanding the restructuring of the Nigerian Federation, not Igbo Presidency in 2023 at whims and caprices of the North. Now that Ihedioha is irreversibly the authentic Governor of Imo State come 29th May, 2019, Governor Okorocha cannot stop God's ordained mandate in spite of these massive lootings by his government. The governor should come to terms that there is always retributive justice. It is only delayed, not denied.
Sydney O. Madukwem, Guest Writer, Dile Emeohe Mbaoma Emii, Owerri North L/G, 07069123994. 

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