Ohaneze Ndi Igbo supposedly had an election to pick a new leader in the person of Prof George Obiozor. The excitement around the outcome is coming from strange places.
The APC announced that it believed this would help with the mainstreaming of the Southeast. Although, we are not sure what that actually means in practice because Lagos being mainstreamed led to it being a place where peaceful protesters are machine-gunned and chastised by their own State House of Assembly.
The immediate fallout of the election has been a declaration of intent to focus on the idea of an Igbo president. It’s also been interesting to see some people act like we should be excited about the fact that the new person has a good relationship with the 97% exponent Muhammadu Buhari.
Let’s get one thing absolutely clear; A Relationship with Buhari is not a disadvantage to any people. Katsina itself doesn’t benefit from a relationship with Buhari so we can keep that absurdity aside.
The funny thing about this Igbo presidency thing is that in the unlikely scenario that it happens, the Igbo Candidate would be picked by the Feudalist North and we know what their view of and vision for the Igbo people are.
Ohaneze Ndi Igbo is supposed to be the body that brings Igbos together and helps them connect fluidly and profitably with other societies on an institutional level.
Ohaneze Ndi Igbo is supposed to be the body that has the clearest and most informed vision of the Future of the Igbo people in the Southeast and other parts of Nigeria and the world.
Ohaneze Ndi Igbo is supposed to be well-versed in Statecraft, have a solid grasp of history, and a clear view of the Future.
Ohaneze Ndi Igbo is supposed to be a body wholly committed to the benefit of the Igbo.
Ohaneze Ndi Igbo is supposed to have astounding competence in communication with all layers of its society and with the other societies that are relevant to it.
It is supposed to be trusted.
Its integrity is not supposed to be questionable and it should not look like it’s inclined to be a Trojan Horse for people associated with anti-Igbo sentiment and goals.
When an Igbo person of any socioeconomic class needs clarification on what concerns Igbos, the position of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo is supposed to be a safe option for enlightenment.
Now out of all these suppositions listed above, which of them is actually in position as a reality? I’m open to being corrected on the topic but from where I stand, none of these suppositions are concrete realities and the leadership gap occasioned by this has left the Southeast so thirsty for leadership that some are willing to drink the urine that is leadership by the likes of MNK.
The Ohaneze Ndi Igbo is supposed to be the apex Igbo socio-cultural group like Afenifere was for the Southwest and the Arewa Consultative Forum pretends to be for the North.
Of these three groups, Afenifere was the one that came closest to defining a clear socioeconomic and political agenda for its masses with its focus on federalism and education among other things. The Afenifere light has dimmed somewhat as individual political ambitions derailed the march but the Southwest’s inability to benefit from these individualistic projects is likely to inspire a rethink that could help get Afenifere back into the driving seat.
As for Prof Obiozor, Hope Uzodiojo, and the others associated with this new drama, we wish them well. They are free to squat at the feet of whoever for whatever reason but the Igbos will focus on beneficial things and people.
Nigeria will restructure. It has no choice.
At this point, the Federal Government is mulling on the idea of selling properties to fund the budget. This foolishness has run its course and the upsurge in insecurity, poverty, and terrorism have made it clear that we have to change our model.
If Ohaneze Ndi Igbo likes, they can keep their heads in the sand but when the Sands heat up, they’ll have to pull out and adjust.