New York – The Ndi-Igbo in the diaspora and its counterparts at home will gather in Dallas, Texas to discuss the feasibility of having a Nigerian President of Igbo ethnic extraction in 2015.
The Chairman of World Igbo Congress (WIC), Mr Joe Eto, and the WIC Media Director, Dr. Acho Orabuchi, stated this in a statement in New York on Tuesday.
According to the statement, the discussion would take place during the organisation’s 19th annual convention scheduled for between Aug. 29 and Sept. 2, 2013.
The convention has the theme “Njiko Na Ọganiru Ala Igbo’’.
The statement said all state governors in the South-East,as well as National Assembly members, from the area were being expected at the occasion,
The Ohanaeze leadership and other Igbo leaders were also expected to attend the convention and actively participate in the dialogue.
“It will not be about speeches, but about results to enhance the condition of Igbo people everywhere in Nigeria.
“In the deliberations, we will examine all options as we map out how to internationalise our cause so that the global community will understand the plight of Ndi-Igbo in Nigeria.
“As a determined organisation, we must ensure that Ndi-Igbo can no longer be timid about demanding and receiving equity and fairness in Nigeria.
“The Nigerian President of Igbo extraction should no longer be a dream, but a practical matter that we must collectively accomplish within the context of one and united Nigeria.
“Therefore, we are directing the Ndi-Igbo in Nigeria to stop allowing other groups to direct Igbo’s destiny in Nigeria.
“It’s our collective responsibility to chart our own course and work assiduously to achieve our goals,’’ the group declared in the statement.
The WIC also stated that with its special consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN-ECOSOC), it would immediately constitute the required representation at the appropriate UN centres.
It also said it would internally communicate its plans on how to maximise the use of its status to share with the world the current socio-cultural, security and economic issues facing the Igbo in Nigeria.
“No tribe in Nigeria has suffered more marginalisation than the Igbo people. A case in point is the federal government’s reluctance to build a new River Niger bridge after promises from three administrations.
“We will proffer mechanism for achieving Igbo unity where every Igbo person is held responsible for his/her activities in the advancement of collective Igbo interests,’’ the congress said.
WIC also said Ndi-Igbo would actively pursue sustainable regional foundation that would help it leverage others on Igbo core interests.
“We recognise that for us to achieve our interests, it is essentially important for us to begin to build on strategic partnerships and alliances with those who share our plight.
“To others, we have to persuade them that Igbo interests are synonymous with Nigerian interests. What is good for Ndi-Igbo is good for Nigeria.
“Also, during the convention, Ndi-Igbo will present the modalities for land acquisition, funding structure, and Private-Public Partnership.
“This will be for the immediate and successful establishment of a Regional Medical Centre of Excellence (RMCE) anywhere in Igboland to provide world-class healthcare to our people,’’ the WIC said in the statement.(NAN)