‘’OHANEZE’’, is an Igbo socio-cultural group, created in 1976 to better represent the Igbos (Ndigbo) within the political scenario of Nigeria. The name ‘’Ohaneze’’ was coined from two Igbo words, ‘’Oha’’ and ‘’Eze’’, meaning the ‘’People’’ and ‘’the King’’-depicting the prehistoric democratic nature of the Igbos, where all decisions and laws must be in accordance with the opinion of the ordinary citizen.
Since 1976, Ohaneze is yet to boast of one major achievement which should aim at developing and advancing the Igbo language and culture, promoting honour, dignity and respect among Ndigbo. Rather, she has turned to become an utter mishap to Ndigbo, she has allowed herself to be consummately manipulated by Nigeria with her evil intentions against Ndigbo. Ohaneze has turned itself to a political institution where allocations greedily obtained from the federal government is traded for the welfare of the Igbos.
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For the different pogroms Ndigbo has suffered in Kano, Kaduna, Zamfara, Borno, Plateau, Adamawa and Bauchi; for several unprovoked religious crises, for the loss of properties in these aforementioned states, for the beheaded woman, for the recent Aba massacre, for the continued genocide, marginalization and political victimization against Ndigbo, -all you get from Ohaneze is: ‘’We condemn in strongest terms the perpetrators of this act and entreat the government to conduct a thorough investigation and bring the perpetrators to book’’ –that ends it. Anyone or group of people that tries to take the matter beyond the scope of this speech becomes a foe to Ohaneze.
Their recent speech in response to the Niger Delta Avenger’s (NDA) threat to attack the Southeast governors exposed their insincerity towards Ndigbo and their welfare. Ohaneze in their speech said ‘’We call on the Niger Delta Avengers to sheathe their sword and threat to bomb and attack Abia state and other Niger Delta States. There is no IPOB/MASSOB detainee in Abia State’’.
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Previously, NDA had threatened to attack Southeastern governors only if ‘’they fail to release all Biafra agitators in their police cells and prisons’’.
It is worthy of note that IPOB has kept a good record of all detained persons in Abia state, they are:
Ani Chimezie and
The above persons, who are still in detention, are not inclusive of missing members who have not been identified as those buried in the later discovered mass grave nor those shot at the prayer ground.
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Owing to the above evidence, it is clear that the sham and flawed speech by Ohaneze is totally hipocritical. Her decision to trade the freedom of Ndigbo for naira and kobo has become more obvious to the masses.
Ohaneze has lost her focus, she has lost her relevance to the people -they have resorted to working for selfish politicians who wants the masses to remain under their perpetual torture. Ohaneze has grossly abused the privilege given to them to represent the Igbos, they have betrayed the confidence the masses had on them -sinking in despair and drowning in pessimism, seeking to grasp an air but she has reached her waterloo. There is nothing left of her.
For the pain Ohaneze has caused Ndigbo, I say unto her, ‘’Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not go unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered’’ -Proverbs 11:21.
Written By Chinedu Ewulu
Published By Nwosu C.S
For Biafra Writers.