Archbishops’ report panacea to Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s crisis- lsiguzoro


Factional group of apex Igbo Socio-cultural Organisations, Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, has said that the implementation of the report of the peace committee of lgbo Archbishops would be a panacea to the crisis rocking the body.

Recall that Ohanaeze Ndigbo has been bogged down with leadership impasse leading to factionalization since January 2021 election.

A statement by Mazi Okechukwu lsiguzoro, the factional group’s Secretary-general stated that Ndigbo needs a united and functional Ohanaeze at the moment to end years of quagmire.

“The only antidote to ending the Ohanaeze quagmire is an immediate implementation of the report of the Peace Committee of the Representatives of Igbo Archbishops and Bishops which was equally endorsed by the Joint Body of South East Traditional Rulers Council and Representatives of Igbo Archbishops and Bishops.

“After sitting for several months and relying on the organization’s Constitution as well as memos and submissions from all interested parties, the Spiritual Fathers realized that the immediate cause of the crisis was the unconstitutional removal of the then Secretary General, Barr Uche Okwukwu.

“Constitutionally, the SSecretary-Generalhas the duty of convening “all meetings of the National Executive Committee, Imeobi and General Assembly in consultation with the President General.

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According to the statement, the wrongful exclusion from Ohanaeze due to political differences with the former President General, the Secretary-General (Okwukwu), from his submission to the Bishops’ committee in line with the Constitution, consulted the President General to convene meetings leading to the election of the Chief Chidi Ibeh-led Ohanaeze executive in Enugu on 9th January 2021 by the Prince Richard Ozobu election committee.

The statement noted that on10th January 2021, the then President General, Chief Nnia Nwodo went ahead to conduct a factional election in Owerri without the Secretary-General, in contravention of the body’s Constitution to produce the Late Prof George Obiozor led executive by Chief Gary Igariwey election committee.

“At the heat of the crisis in 2021, majority of the Imeobi Members and recognized affiliates stood in opposition against Late Obiozor for allowing the Imo State Government to drag him into illegalities, for their selfish political ends.

It started that majority of imeobi members and Affiliated bodies supported and endorsed the Chief Chidi Ibeh-led executive, while others chose to be neutral and sue for peace and reconciliation.

Ohanaeze explained that the Bishop’ intervention was based on the pleas and petitions of Ohanaeze stakeholders especially, the two bodies mentioned above and was predicated upon the solemn oath by both Obiozor and Ibeh factions to abide by the Bishop’s resolutions.

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