BreakingNews 27/1/16 - Isiguzoro, Ohanaeze Youth President Speaks On Local & National Issues

[ Masterweb Reports: Hon. Chuks Ibegbu ] - Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro is the president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC), in this interview with Igbo Information Network (IIN), he x-rays some local and national issues.

 

Q We understand the OHANAEZE NDIGBO YOUTH COUNCIL IS ABOUT TO COMMENCEA TOUR OF THE NORTHERN STATES. WHAT INFORMED THIS TOUR.

 

A YES, THE TOUR GEARED TO BUILD BRIDGES AND SYNERGY WITH NIGERIANS FROM THE NORTH AND TO EMPHASIS ON THE NEED FOR INTER-ETHNIC AND INTER-RELIGOUS DETENTE BETWEEN NDIGBO AND THEIR HOSTS IN THE NORTH.

 

Q WHEN IS THE TOUR COMMENCING.

 

A THE TOUR WILL COMMENCE BY THE LAST WEEK OF JANUARY AND IT WILL TAKE US TO ALL THE STATES IN THE NORTH. WE HOPE TO INTERFACE WITH YOUTH LEADERS AND ELDERS IN THE NORTH.

 

Q HAS THIS TOUR ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE PRO-BIAFRA PRTESTS.

 

A WE SHALL DISCUSS ANY ISSUE THAT WILL ENSURE THE PEACE AND STABILITY OF THE COUNTRY INCLUDING OFCOURSE THE BIAFRA ISSUE. ALL STAKEHOLDERS IN NIGERIA HAVE TO CONTRIBUTE THEIR VIEWS AND SUGGESTIONS ON THE WAY FORWARD FOR OUR POLITY.  LET ME TELL YOU EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO HAVE BIAFRA, OTHER NIGERIANS HAVE TO ALSO MAKE THEIR OWN OPINION ON THAT. WE HOWEVER CALL ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO RELEASE NNAMDI KANU  . HIS CONTINOUS DETENTION DOES NOT SERVE ANY GOOD BUT WILL CONTINUE TO CREATE TENSION IN THE COUNTRY. I ALSO THINK REFERENDUM MAY BE THE BEST OPTION TO SOLVE THIS AGITATION ONCE AND FOR ALL. BRITAIN HAD A REFERENDUM RECENTLY. WE IN TH OHANAEZE NDIGBO  YOUTH COUNCIL STILL BELIEVE A UNITED AND JUST NIGERIA IS A BETTER OPTION FOR NDIGBO. NIGERIA MUST CREATE A CONDITION FOR ALL HER CITIZENS TO BE CARRIED ALONG. ELSE  THESE AGITATIONS WILL CONTINUE.

 

Q  WE UNDERSTAND OHANAEZE YOUTH COUNCIL IS ALSO PLANNING AN IGBO MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD IN ENUGU ON  30TH OF JANUARY.

 

A  YES WE INTEND TO DO THAT AFTER DISCUSSION WITH ALL STAKEHOLDERS AND OTHER CONSULTATIONS. WE HAD FIXED IT INITIALLY FOR THE 30TH OF JANUARY BUT WE ARE SHIFTING THE DATE BY TWO WEEKS TO CONCLUDE THE CONSULTATIONS. THE AIM OF THE EVENT IS TO HONOUR NDIGBO THAT HAVE CONTRIBUTED A LOT TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF IGBOLAND.

 

Q SOME PEOPLE ARGUE THAT CHIEF CHIBUIKE AMAECHI WHOM YOUR ORGANISATION CHOSE AS THE IGBO MAN OF THE YEAR IS NOT QUALIFIED FOR THAT. WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THAT.

 

A .WELL, CHIIBUIKE AMAECHI IS AN IGBO SON FROM IKWERRE LAND. IKWERRE IS IGBO TERRITORY. LET ME TELL YOU ONE THING. MANY IGBOS IN THE SOUTH SOUTH FOR SURVIVAL REASON IN THOSE DAYS DENIED THEIR IGBONESS.  ITS UNDERSTANDABLE .THE SCENERIO IS DIFFERENT TODAY. IF YOU ARE FACED WITH A GUN MY BROTHER YOU CAN EVEN SAY YOU ARE AN ARAB JUST TO LIVE. WE HAVE TO APPRECIATE THAT. IN ANY CASE CHIBUIKE AMAECHI HAS NEVER SAID HE IS NOT AN IGBO AND WHENEVER OHANAEZE NDIGBO IN RIVERS  STATE CALLS ON HIM HE LISTENS. HOWEVER WE ARE STILL CONSULTING ON THAT AND BEFORE THAT TWO WEEKS TIME EVERYTHING WILL BE SORTED OUT.

 

Q  HOW ABOUT THE OTHER AWARDS. WHAT CRITERIA WAS USED.

 

A WE CONSIDERED THE PEDIGREE AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE AWARDEES BEFORE PENCILLING THEM DOWN.

 

Q WHAT IS YOUR VIEW ON THE ANTI-CORRUPTION WAR AND THE HANDCUFFING OF OLISA METUH.

 

A WE CONDEMN THE HANDCUFFING OF ONLY OLISA METUH OUT OF ALL THE SUSPECTS ACCUSED OF FRAUD. WE STILL WANT TO KNOW WHY HE WAS SINGLED OUT  FOR THAT TREATMENT. IT IS REPREHENSIBLE  EVEN THOUGH WE WANT ALL THOSE FOUND GUILTY OF SLEIZE AND DIVERSION OF ARMS FUND TO BE DEALT WITH APPROPRIATELY.

 

THANK YOU MR ISIGUZORO FOR THIS INTERVIEW

 

A YOU ARE WELCOME


 
INTERVIEW BY IGBO INFORMATION NETWORK (IIN).
Media Contact: Chukwudi Ibegbu; Email: chuksibegbu@gmail.com
 
*Photo Caption- Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro

 

 
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