The Igbo National Council, (INC) has yesterday, during the Igbo Nation Political Summit, 2021, outlined some strategies that would expedite the reintegration of Ndigbo in Nigerian politics.
- This is even as it is no longer news that the race has reemphasized their unflinching determination to produce the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as 2023 crawls in.
The President of Igbo National Council, (INC), Cmrd. Chilos A.C. Godsent urged the Igbo Nation States to remain committed, focused and coordinated in mobilizing
the masses of the Igbo Nation to ensure active participation in the political process towards the 2023 electoral year.
Cmrd. Godsent urged the race to, as a matter of necessity, remain committed to the quest for political equality and mutual trust, saying it will facilitate the reintegration of the race in National discourse.
The President stated this during the Summit, held at Christ the Good Shepherd Compound, Uzii Mission Centre, Mbaise Road, in Owerri, Imo State, with the theme: ‘Fostering Partnership For National Integration’.
Hear him: “On the foregoing, we must remain committed, focused and coordinated in mobilizing the masses of the Igbo Nation to be very active in our participation in the political process towards the 2023 electoral year.
“We must be ready to be the ones to elect those who will emerge as elected political office holders rather than allowing persons initiated and anointed by external oligarchies to emerge as political office holders in the Ala-Igbo.”
The patriotic Igbo son appealed to all the major political parties in Nigeria to cede their Presidential Ticket to South East Zone in 2023 presidential primaries, stressing that such would promote peace and progress in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, he described the race as a nation of great opportunities, but regretted that it had remained trapped in what he decided as “an obsolete character of the Nigerian State and its ruling class elites.”
He said: “Igbo is a nation of great opportunities. That is what I see in the emerging new Igbo Nation.
For a very long time, the Igbo Nation remained trapped in an obsolete character of the Nigerian State and its ruling class elites.”
Speaking on the topic: ‘The Igbo Nation Participation In Nigerian Political System: Challenges and Prospects’, the INC President urged well-meaning individuals from the race to develop a new Strategic and Cooperative Plan for Political and Economic Partnership and Development among the Igbo nation States.
According to him, “we must
seek new partnership and must re-engage the Nigeria State in a radical manner that will compel the ruling elites to have no other option or alternative than to restructure the country to allow each component nation to develop in their pace without institutional restrictions, hindrances or artificial impediments.”
Furthermore, he reminded that the summary objective of the 2021 Igbo Nation Political Summit was to stimulate regional consciousness and discussion on Igbo political participation within the framework of the current Nigeria political algebra.
Adding, he said: “and to
mobilize the Igbo Race to actively participate in the 2023 political process which will lead to the establishment of a new culture of political behavour and values system for the Igbo Nation and also establish an unbreakable framework for political alliance with other political interest groups in Nigeria.
“The outcome will be the establishment and nurture of an internal framework for the
Igbo Nation that will facilitate the process to build the West African Economic and
Political Hub in the Igbo Nation territory of Nigeria”, he noted.
On the political power in nigeria, he said, “unknown to many of our Igbo brothers and sisters, the Igbo Nation in Nigeria cuts across fifteen states in Nigeria with a massive population of over one hundred and twenty (120,000,000) million people in Nigeria. If we can consciously convert this 64 into political capital, I assure you the Igbo Race will constantly determine
the direction of political power in Nigeria.”
Speaking further, he reiterated that the world was undergoing profound changes, ranging from Economic globalization and ICT, as he pointed out that application had tremendously unleashed and advanced social productive forces.
His words: “We are facing unprecedented opportunities of development; on the other hand, hegemony, terrorism, financial turbulence and environmental crisis have become more pronounced posing unprecedented challenges to us.
“Brethren, to forge this partnership, the Igbo Nation States should strengthen the
following “five major pillars”.
First, we should remain committed to political equality and mutual trust;
Second, we should remain committed to promoting win-win economic
“Third, we should remain committed to mutually enriching Cultural exchanges;
Fourth, we should remain committed to mutual assistance in Security of the
Igbo Nation States;
Fifth, we should remain committed to Solidarity and Coordination in regional
Earlier in his remarks, Prof. Okee Okoro who represented Dr. Austin Onuiha, the Lead Facilitator lamented that reintegrating the Igbo nation in the national discourse would in no doubts, require an ample time.
On the reintegration of the race into politics of the Nigeria nation, he stated point-blank that Ndigbo should urgently consider as paramount, the need to industrialize the area.
“We should thinking about the safety of our people. Let’s begin to think home by industrializing the area.”
Prof. Okoro who decried the piteous state of the race, charged the latter to reawaken her consciousness to the realization of her yet unnoticed desperate need for a reorientation, which according to him would necessitate their quest for reintegration.
Hear him: “We’re looking for a stage where the entire Igbo would awaken to the realization of the fact that they are in dire need of reorientation. The Igbo nation must recheck itself and reunite in if it must be brought into the national discourse.”