By AbdulwahabÂ Abdulah
LAGOSâ€”AnÂ Igbo man becoming a President in Nigeria come 2015, can only become a reality when the people work together under a national leader, who will be ready to defend the interest of the race without fear or favour.
The leader of the Igbo community in Lagos, Ojo chapter, Mr ChrisÂ Okoye made this disclosure at the 2009 cultural festival/launch of its 2010 calendar and merit award ceremony in Lagos.
The Chairman, Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos, Prince Yinka Durosinmi and Alhaji Adamu Mohammed, the leader of the Arewa in Ojo were among those given awards and appointed as Patrons of the association.
Okoye in his address,Â said that the Ohanaze Ndigbo, the umbrella body for the Igbo must â€œwake up from its slumber and reorganise its priorities if it must remain relevant and as a mouth-piece of the Igbo.
“It should as a mater of urgency liaise with other Igbo groups outside Igboland towards regulating the activities of such groups to avoid them working at cross-purposes,” he added.
Unless Ohanaeze is focused and re-order its priorities and an Igbo leader emerges, the Igbo Presidency come 2015 will remain an illusion.â€
The Igbo leader who lamented the lack of understanding and political unity among Igbos, said the Igbo nation is currently in dire need of a central leader, who will be the political as well as social leader for the Igbos in Nigeria and in diaspora.
He said â€œthe Igbo nation desperately and earnestly needs a central leader, who will be the mouth-piece of our people so as to galvanize the enormous resources and efforts of our people towards the protection and promotion of the welfare of the entire Ndigbo.â€