The Igbo cultural group, Nzuko Ozo Ndigbo has thrown its weight behind the actualization of a President of Nigeria from the South East of extraction in 2023.
This was one of the major resolutions reached by the representatives of all the Ozo titled men from Igbo Land on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at the Donbid Royal Hotels, Enugu. The history was made during the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the association.
Before the event took off, members observed a one minute silence in honour of their former leader, Ozo Professor Chinweyite Ejike (Aguowulu), the former Vice Chancellor of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, ESUT, Enugu, who passed on a few months ago.
The group, led by Professor Ike Oluka, the Ohamadike of Eke and a lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering, ESUT, Enugu has members across all parts of Igbo Land.
In moving the motion for a resolution on the actualization of a Nigerian President from the Igbo extraction, Hon. Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, (Ozowaluona Mbanabo) the National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo recapitulated the poor state of infrastructure in Igbo land; the yawning gap between the political elite and the youths; unemployment and the increasing poverty in the land; security challenges and the alienation of the Igbo from the centre of power in Nigeria.
Ogbonnia highlighted that other geopolitical zones have taken a shot at the leadership of this country except the Igbo. He expressed the hope that with an Igbo as the president of Nigeria, the Igbo resourcefulness, tenacity, inventiveness and frontierism will usher in massive prosperity for the entire Nigeria. He urged all Igbos to lend their support to the Igbo unwavering collective project.
In seconding the motion, Oba Chukwuemeka Onyeso, (Agbalanze of Nri), Anambra State explained that it is often a very solemn occasion for the members of Ozo society to come together to resolve on an issue because of the potency that goes with such a resolution. Onyeso reiterated that purity is the hallmark of the Ozo society.
He also highlighted the transcendental linkage between the Ozo, Igbo ancestors and the Almighty on one hand and purity essence, justice and equity on the other.
In his contribution, Sir Joel Eke (Ozo Okebunachi of Okpogho), Ezeagu, Enugu State and the Public Relations Officer of the group added that God works on the side of the just and that all Nigerians and the global community have come to terms with the Nigerian realities and the cause of the incessant crises in the country, stressing that the moment Nigerians set their right foot on the right path, for the right cause, only then can they achieve the right results.
In ordering that the revered Igbo scepters be raised up, Professor Oluka admonished that those who want to destroy the Igbo will surely be destroyed; those who want to disgrace the Igbo will be disgraced; those who want to take what belongs to another will have theirs forcefully taken.
The motion received a unanimous approval with all members raising their sacred scepters and stamping them on the ground with an ovation of Isee.