The Global Igbo Leaders held a virtual Emergency meeting via zoom on 3rd January 2021, to review the impact of Covid-19 and coming Ohaneze election and sent a 5-point communique to the following:
Ime Obi Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo – President General Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Barr. Uche Okwukwu – Ohanaeze Ndigbo Secretary General, Chief Gary Enwo-Igariwey – Chairman Ohanaeze Ndigbo Electoral Committee.
In which it stated that after a holistic review of the impact of Covid 19 and other matters daily unfolding in respect of the forthcoming Ohanaeze Ndigbo elections, that;
- The tenure of the current National Executive Committee of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in terms of the Constitution of Ohanaeze Ndigbo must end on the 10th Jan 2021.
In view of the health hazards associated with Covid-19 and limitation of lock down measures; the confusion generated by the duplicity of outgoing Ohanaeze Ndigbo and their allies; and pursuant to the desire of Ndi Igbo to maintain unity in Ohanaeze and Igbo nation, we recommend that the 10th January 2021 election of Ohanaeze National Executive Council be postponed.
As a result, we therefore recommend that a properly constituted Ohanaeze Ndigbo Caretaker Committee be established to run the affairs of Ohanaeze Ndigbo from the 10th of January 2021. The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Caretaker Committee must be charged with full Executive powers must not include any of the outgoing National, State, Local Executives as member.
The Caretaker Committee to serve for a maximum of 3 months and renewable for a further 3 months should it become necessary due to Covid 19 lockdown measures; within which time it must in turn constitute an Electoral Committee to be ratified by Ime Obi Ohanaeze Ndigbo in order to conduct a safe, free, fair, and credible elections of the National, State and Local Government Executives of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. Furthermore, and in view of the Covid 19 potential implications, an electronic voting system is to be considered for implementation during the first 3 months period of the tenure of the Caretaker Committee.
5 We urge the Caretaker Committee and the Electoral Committee when constituted to take into account the resolutions and recommendations of the Global Igbo Leaders, and those of other Pan Igbo organizations, the Youths organizations and concerned Igbo individuals as well.
The group emphasised that Ohanaeze Ndigbo is the Apex Igbo organization that was established to serve the interest of Ndigbo, should we allow it to fail, it would have a damaging and adverse consequence to the psyche of every Igbo person.
This is indeed a battle for the soul of the Igbo nation. We must not allow Ohanaeze Ndigbo to either split into factions or be captured by undesirable elections.
The Igbo nation is a significant integral part of the federation much as other federating units, should any damage be done to its Sociocultural organization, it surely must affect the unity and faith, peace and progress of the entire country.
Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) Nigeria
Prof Timothy Uzodinma Nwala
-World Igbo Congress (WIC) USA
Prof Anthony Ejiofor
Dr. Festus Okere