Ohanaeze meets with Jonathan over National Conference, Boko Haram, 2nd Niger Bridge – DailyPost Nigeria
Ohanaeze meets with Jonathan over National Conference, Boko Haram, 2nd Niger Bridge
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Monday night, met with Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan at the State House, Abuja and engaged the President in a discussion that revolved round terrorism, insecurity, national conference and poor state of infrastructure in Igboland.
Addressing the President and his delegates, the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo , Chief Gari Nnachi Igariwey, said that, ”when the Igbo’s gave you full support in 2011, it was without fear or favours. We believed in you and our expectations were high .We had others specific expectations that are yet to be addressed by your administrations.”
The group lamented that ”it was our expectations that by now, your administration would have completed a few under listed projects that would have effectively integrated the South East Nigeria with the rest of the country”. Ohanaeze leadership listed the projects begging for attention to include, ’’the Second Onitsha Niger Bridge, Enugu- Onitsha Federal Highway, Enugu Port Harcourt Federal highway, Master Plan for Erosion Control, Petro-Chemical Plant, Coal Powered Power Generating Plants, Dams” among others.
Ohanaeze also congratulated the President ” on the success recorded in the sports ministry. The President was congratulated for the Super Eagles victory as the current champion of Africa, the under-17 Eaglets who are the current world champion and the recent qualification of the Super Eagles for the FIFA world cup scheduled to hold in Brazil next year”.
Ohanaeze further commended the President for his boldness towards initiating a national conference and pledged the support of Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide.
The group also commended the President on his efforts to combat Boko Haram, expressing optimism that the nation will come out of the fever of terrorism soon.
The 50 man Ohanaeze delegation included; Chief Joe Nwaorgu, Senator Hope Uzodimma, Barrister Emejulu Okpalaukwu, Dr Dozie Ikedife, Prof Joe Irukwu, Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, Eze Njemanze, Eze Uzu of Awka, Prof Anya O Anya, Prof Mrs Uche Azikiwe, Mrs Maria Okwo, Chief Ralph Uwazurike, Senator Ben Obi, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi among others, while the presidency delegation included Vice President Namadi Sambo, Chief of Staff, Mike Ogiadhome , Secretary to Government of the federation, Pius Anyim and Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah.
Briefing concerned clerics led by Rev. Obinna Akukwe on the outcome of the meeting, the Ohanaeze delegation led by the Assistant Publicity Secretary , Barrister Emejulu Okpalaukwu, described the meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan as very strategic and hoped that the president would listen to the demands of the group, especially on the state of infrastructure.
The Ohanaeze spokesman told the clerics that the meeting with Jonathan was facilitated by the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremmadu and Senator Hope Uzodimma.
Responding to the briefing, Rev Obinna Akukwe charged the Ohanaeze leadership to mount pressure on the President to ensure that the 2nd Niger Bridge and the said roads are repaired before 2015 election because nobody knows whether Ngeria will survive 2015.
Reliable sources within the State House informed the clerics that President Jonathan entered into a closed door meeting with five members of the delegation. The clerics were also informed that Jonathan told close aides that some Igbo elements within the corridors of power had for months discouraged him from holding audience with the new Ohanaeze leadership and expressed gladness that he eventually ignored them and engaged the Igbo group in a fruitful discussion.
KALU-ONUMA, I. A.
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