January 6, 2024

Obasanjo visits Iwuanyanwu in Owerri, discusses ‘issues of mutual interest’

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By Steve Oko

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Friday, visited the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu in his Owerri, Imo State residence where he held discussion with Ohanaeze leaders.

Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Ambassador Okey Emuchay who spoke with Vanguard on the outcome of the visit, said “issues of mutual interest” were discussed by the former President and Ohanaeze chieftains at the meeting.

According to the Ohanaeze Chief Scribe, the meeting was very symbolic and crucial as fruitful deliberations were held.

He, however, refused to give details of what was discussed during the courtesy visit but said the outcome would soon be appreciated by Ndigbo.

He said:”Issues of mutual interest were discussed. The PG informed Chief Obasanjo that Nigeria should erect monuments in his name for the sacrifices he has made.

” He recalled his role in ending the civil war with the slogan of no victor no vanquished; repayment of huge external debts and recovery of the economy during his time as President.

“He informed the former President that the Igbo nation will bestow honour on him appropriately.

“Remember that when Chief Obasanjo was President, he appointed several Igbo sons and daughters into his cabinet and other high profile positions. A sense of belonging was provided the Igbo nation during that time”.

The former President was accompanied by Otunba Oyewole Fasawe; while some Igbo leaders and Ohanaeze chieftains at the meeting were Ambassador Emuchay; former Minister for Aviation, Amb Kema Chikwe; and Bishop Sunday Onuoha.

Nze Fidelis Ozichukwu; and Chief Tony ukasanya, were also among dignitaries at the meeting.

Chief Iwuanyanwu has vigorously championed the Igbo cause including seeking an end to the incessant demolition of shops belonging to Igbo traders in Lagos; as well as the release of the detained Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

The Ohanaeze PG has equally advocated the development of South East as a major Industrial hub in the West African sub-region while urging Ndigbo to begin to invest at home.