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Thursday, November 17, 2016
Eze Igbo Abuja gets nod to lead Ndigbo in the Diaspora
~The SUN Nigeria. Wednesday, November 16, 2016.
Ndigbo in the Diaspora at the weekend in Abuja renewed the tenure of Igbo 1 Abuja, Eze Nwosu Ibe, after a confidence vote passed on his traditional leadership. With this, the stage is set for a second term in office of the president of Ndi Eze Igbo N'uzoije (Eze Igbo in the Diaspora) for another three years.
The motion moved by Eze Igbo Gbagyi Kaduna, Eze Fred Awagu, was seconded by Eze Jerome Ikechukwu Nwagbara (Eze Igbo Kuje). After analyzing progress made by the traditional holders in the last three years, they endorsed his leadership qualities and re-nominated him unanimously for a second term in accordance with their constitution.
Eze Awagu in moving the motion extolled the sterling qualities of Eze Ibe, especially his ability to galvanise Ndigbo living and doing business outside Igbo heartland, in spite of series of provocations and attacks on their business concerns and homeland by herdsmen and other unseen forces.
He explained that apart from ensuring that Ndigbo outside Igbo land respected the tradition of their host communities, they never lost their mother cultural values, which is why he made sure Igbo Day is celebrated every year in all parts of Nigeria, through other Eze Ndigbo to toe the line of preserving the rich Igbo cultural values as well as the age long practice of dignity in labour among Ndigbo.
Supporting the motion, Eze Nwagbara, said all the Ndi Eze Igbo N'uzoije were unanimous in the endorsement of Eze Ibe Nwosu and commended him for his uprightness and for galvanizing Ndigbo, particularly those of them living in Abuja and also for ensuring that the Abuja natives accorded continued respect to Ndigbo in all spheres, including supporting them to aspire into political offices.
The highly elated Eze Ibe in his acceptance speech commended the body for the opportunity given him to serve them and promised not to relent in efforts at giving Ndigbo clear voice wherever they may be. He however, called on Ndigbo who live and operate outside Igbo land to respect the tradition of their hosts and also to respect the laws of the government operating wherever they find themselves.
He promised to set up a committee to articulate the problems being encountered by Ndigbo outside Igbo land that would eventually be presented to Ohaneze Ndigbo for proper deliberation and presentation to the Federal Government.
The Eze Ndigbo N'uzoije meeting was attended by Eze Ndigbo operating in states outside the Igbo heartland. The cultural promotion campaign of Eze Ndigbo outside the Igbo speaking states has recently buoyed Igbo cultural and traditional activities within and outside the country, especially the Iri Ji Ndigbo (New Yam festival) that has become a global celebration.
THE IGBO RANT
BIBLICAL TRADITIONS OF NDI IGBO BEFORE THE MISSIONARIES CAME TO AFRICA* IGBO 101.
THE IGBO TRIBE AND ITS FEAR OF EXTINCTION
The Igbo: We die for causes, not for personalities
Written by Emeka Maduewesi
~on fb. 28th September, 2016.
The Igbo will never die for anyone. We will not even riot for anyone. But the Igbo will die for any cause they believe in because the Igbo have a true sense of justice and a determination to obtain it.
The Igbo will not riot because one of their own lost an election. Operation Wetie was the Western response to a massively rigged 1965 election. The Yoruba doused fellow Yorubas in petrol and burnt them alife. Properties were burnt with occupants. The Igbo will never do this.
In 1983, the Yoruba went on a rampage again over the massive rigging by NPN. Lifes were lost and properties destroyed. The riots were over personalities.
Contrast that with Anambra State where Chief Emeka Ojukwu was rigged out by his own NPN, who also rigged out Chief Jim Nwobodo. The Igbo did not protest because the goat's head is still in the goat's bag.
In the North, ba muso was the battle cry when Sultan Dasuki was imposed on the Sokoto Caliphate. The riot and protest lasted for days and crippled economic activities.
The Igbo will riot over issues and causes. The Aba Women Riot was over Tax. The Enugu coal mine riot was about conditions of service. The Ekumeku Uprising was over British colonialization.
Those of "Ekumeku" ancestry - Umu Eze Chima and Umu Nri - were at the forefront of the struggles for Nigerian independence, with people like Dr. A A Nwafor Orizu and Chief Osita Agwuna serving prison terms. Any struggles the parents could not conclude is continued by the children by other means.
The Biafran war was a response to the genocide. The war in fact was brought upon us. The battlefield was Eastern Region. The war ended in 1970 but the issues and causes were not resolved. That is where we are today.
The Igbo will also jointly rise to fight evil in their midst. They did it in Onitsha in the 1980's, Owerri in the 90's, and with Bakkassi in the 2000.
The Igbo will not die for any man. But the Igbo will stand by any man who symbolizes their cause and their pursuit of justice. Even if the man dies, the struggle continues, and like the Ekumeku warriors, the children will pick up the baton from their parents.
This is the Igbo I know, the Igbo I am, and the Igbo we are. This is my story. Feel free to tell yours.
RT. HON. DR. NNAMDI AZIKIWE TO DR. CHUBA OKADIGBO (1981)
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