By; PAMELA EBOH, Awka
The Traditional Ruler of Igbaraim, Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State, HRH, Dr Kelly Nzekwe has annoinced the emergence of a new Ohaneze Ndigbo General Assembly led by Basil Onyeachonam.
He made the declaration on Sunday the while inaugurating the new group in his palace as the chairman, Board of Trustees.
Nzekwe said that the new leadership which has been registered with the Coperate Affairs Commission, (CAC) would henceforth pilot the affairs of the Igbo worldwide to the exclusion of anybody on the saddle before the incorporation of the new group.
He maintained that the new group had become a legal personality that could sue and be sued and no longer a self serving platform.
The Monarch saud, “As the Chairman, Board of Trusteess of the organization, I call on Ndigbo all over the world to join hands together and make Ohaneze Ndigbo great again.
“Today, I welcome the newly inaugurated members of National Executive Council of Ohaneze Ndigbo General Assembly Worldwide led by Basil Onyeachonam.
“I’m one of the founding member me of Ohaneze Ndigbo in 1976. After the Nigerian civil war, I and some Igno patriot came together to discuss the way forward for Ndigbo with the good intention to unite Ndigbo under a common umbrella body.
He maintained that the initiative was much welcome by the Igbo people, considering the maximum displacement of the people during the war and its aftermath .
According to him, the principal aim of of forming it then was specifically to unite Ndigbo and also speak with one voice.
Nzekwe regretted that the organisation later lost its principal focus and degenerated to a politician tool in the hands of some greedy politicians, leading to the formation of several Igbo organisation, due to lack of confidence in the affairs of the Igbo Apex group..
He added, “Throughout the 44 years of the existence of Ohaneze. It was not registered by notable international bodies as a corporate personality.
“I am glad to announce to the general public today, Sunday thst Ohaneze Ndigbo General Assembly is now registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission with the RC NO.144918, under the present leadership of Barrister Basil Onyechonam as the President General. The organisation today is recognised by the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
He recalled that on November 25, 2019, some notable Igbo stakeholders visited his palace to discuss the way forward on how to restructure Ohaneze Ndigbo and give it a corporate legal status instead of merely existing as a pressure group and a political tool in the hands of few individuals.
In his reaction, the President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo described the new group as buccaneers and rabble-rousers.
He said the group were being used by some politicians to cause disaffection in Igno land adding that the Nwodo led Ohaneze was intact and able.
Nwodo who spoke through the president, Anambra State chapter of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Damian Okeke-Ifene said Igno people were wise enougj to be deceived by such group.
“Ohaneze dies not nees such registration they are talking about to function as an entity. The Igbo group has been in existence before mist of those bots were born.
“The young men are just being used to create confusion in Igno land. The Chairman of our Not is Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, prominent Igno leaders are in Ohaneze- Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Prof Ben Nwabueze, SAN, South East Governors among others, so, what are they talking about?”, he added.