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When President Muhammadu Buhari finally visits Owerri, the capital of Imo state, today, Ndigbo will be excluded from the heads of the security authorities, the ongoing agitation of the indigenous population of Biafra (IPOB), which has almost paralyzed the south-eastern region, the presidency in 2023 and the almost absent presence of the federal government in the region are among the topics that concern him the Igbo leaders will stand out.
Despite the threat from IPOB that residents of the zone should avoid the President’s visit and remain indoors as a token of protest against the continued imprisonment of their leader Nnamdi Kanu, Owerri already gushes from the presence of the crème de la crème of Igbos in readiness for the visit.
The Guardian has negotiated with political leaders from the Regi on, including the five governors of the zone, members of the National Assembly and business captains. am, among others, is led by the Igbo’s top socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
It is the first time Buhari has negotiated with Igbo leaders since becoming president in 2015, amid some hostility towards the presidency, by some statements attributed to the President, such as the comment on “five percent versus 97 percent” at the US Institute for Peace summit and, more recently, “point in a circle” and a tweet on IPOB in which he said that he will speak to them in a language they understand, which sparked the dispute that led to the Twitter ban.
Although he had previously visited the states in the zone, they were either for his presidential campaigns or to commission projects carried out by the governors.
For example when he visited Imo in 2015; Anambra, Abia, Enugu and Ebonyi stated in 2018 that they were specifically for commissioning projects or for his re-election campaigns.
However, today’s visit will allow Ndigbo to comment on several developments, which not only threatened their existence in the country but also promoted peace, development and unity in the country.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo stated that the visit “marked a turning point” in the way the people of the zone ruled the area President notes that this was an opportunity for Buhari to make statements that will bring either joy or sorrow to the Igbo and the rest of the country.
Speaking to The Guardian, National Publicity The Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Alex Ogbonia, said: “This coming is an opportunity to create a turning point. There is something he will say in the congregation and everyone will start cheering, there is something he will say and it will burn everywhere.
“We are at a critical point. It’s a landmark visit and we hope he’ll take the opportunity to make statements that will make him popular with the people. But let me quickly say that we do not have an Igbo in his service lords; We don’t have a Class A minister in his cabinet. The cause of the crisis in Nigeria today is due to injustice. When you descend Igbo it says a lot about who you are. So all Nigerians should stand up and condemn injustice. If we do the right thing, Nigeria will start moving. “
However, Ogbonia stated that despite requests for a complete lockdown by IPOB, the zone was optimistic about the visit, stressing that” No It no effort will be made to tell President Buhari that we are an integral part of the country and should be treated as such. ”
It became a meeting of all Igbo leaders with their governors and representatives at the National and the House of Representatives would be held last night to refine the issues that would be presented to the President.
But an elderly statesman, Chief Chekwas Okorie, who was sighted for the meeting in Owerri, insisted that it be wouldn’t be all the lawsuits.
He stated that Ndigbo would praise Buhari for the infrastructure development that had taken place in Igboland under his supervision and for his government’s COVID-19 interventions.
< p> he discovers However, declared that despite the awards, “I can tell you that Ndigbo’s problems have been created multiple times that may not need to be repeated. But we’re just going to articulate the same needs and observations and see how far he’ll respond.
“First of all, our Igbo country is almost militarized. It’s like a besieged area. We need security, but it’s a bit overwhelming, like we’re in a state of war. So I want this aspect to be highlighted so that our people have freer passage and space to breathe. The number of checkpoints by the military, not even the police, is high.
“Then the problem is that the IPOB is branded as a terrorist organization. We feel the branding was done in a hurry and nothing is stopping the president from looking at it again. Once you’ve renamed it and removed the terror label, we can proceed from there and maybe consider giving Nnamdi Kanu and all those jailed for incitement to Biafra conditional freedom that will make them come out / p>
“Kanu pulls young people’s feelings a lot, and we have to relieve the tension that we are experiencing now. That is why I urge our young people to allow the elderly to intervene in this matter. For example, it makes no sense to me to ask people not to come out when their leaders sit down and discuss matters that concern them. If you keep yourself from discussing what else can you do? I will propose a more diplomatic and political approach than they do now. ”
The leadership of the Movement to Update the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) advised the political, traditional, religious and opinion leaders of Igbo country to demand the release of Kanu from President Buhari during his visit.
The National Director of MASSOB, Comrade Samuel Edeson, said: “It is imperative that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu be subjected to inhuman torture in the DSS for Ndigbo – Detention cage. He represents the endeavors of Ndigbo in Nigeria. ”
Former Imo State Governor Senator Rochas Okorocha, however, said President Buhari visited the state three times under his supervision and does not deserve unnecessary attention today.
Okorocha, who welcomed the president to the state, announced in a statement by his special adviser (media) Sam Onwuemeodo that during his previous visits, “the president has seen some of Okorocha’s landmark projects, including the international cargo airport, of the ultra-modern police headquarters and prison headquarters. ”
Okorocha announced other areas visited:“ Orji flyover, Akwakuma flyover, Concorde Junction Tunnel, Assembly Junction, Imo International Convention Center, magnificent Justice Oputa High Court Complex, ISOPADEC – Headquarters, New Governor’s Box, Government House Chapel, Odenigbo Guest House, Alaba International Market, Naze Ultra Modern Market , Egbeada International Market, Automobile International Market, Artisan International Market and many other characteristic projects of Okorocha. ”IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TIME, the government of Imo State unsealed the banks that it closed in Owerri on Monday evening. Residents of the state had woken up Tuesday morning to see almost all banks in Owerri sealed.
Despite the fact that IPOB had suspended the sit-at-home regulation it had previously stated it would comply with every Monday The state had closed for the fifth Monday in a row, apparently out of concern.
The Owerri Capital Development Authority (OCDA), which sealed the banks yesterday for not having a “building permit”, unsealed them.
Ikpamezie said the government had decided to reopen the banks for the time being because they provide public services.
REACTING, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) convicted Governor Hope Uzodinma on Monday for sealing banks.
HURIWA said the governor will be held accountable in the International Criminal Court (ICC) if Something unpleasant has happened to the citizens of Imo, who may be holding a public demonstration against President Buhari’s visit to the state.
The group said in a statement published yesterday in Abuja by its national coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko is shocked that Governor Uzodinma is breathing fire at citizens who plan to exercise their constitutional rights.
The statement said: “We condemn the threats made by the Governor of Imo State that violence against the people should be attempted to gather peacefully to protest the acts and omissions of the current federal government, including the m alleged kidnapping and illegal rendition of the IPOB leader in Kenya before moving to Han. dcuffs is being flown back after a week of suspected torture and physical abuse. ”
The Imo government said it had taken appropriate security measures in place for the president’s visit. Information commissioner Declan Emelumba said the government will spare no effort to ensure that no security breach occurs in any part of the state during the visit. He warned that any person or group who broke the peace would be exposed to the full wrath of the law.
He said the president would inaugurate some completed projects by the state government. He listed the projects, including the first phase of the Naze-Ihiagwa-Nekede link and a balloon drainage system designed to contain the perennial flooding in Owerri.