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|Towards a new nigeria, where igbo and all are free|
Political control in Igboland
3. 2006 Census
Igbo presidency project
To achieve objective freedom for the Igbo and all within Nigeria, the Igbo will strive to ensure:
Other positions canvassed by the Good Friday Conclave are as follows:
1. Rebuilding Igboland:
The rebuilding of Igboland can best be achieved under an organized robust zonal platform such as the South East Nigeria Economic Commission (SENEC) which will have the capacity to handle infrastructural challenges that cannot be effectively handled by individual states such as power projects, refineries, transport systems, security, etc under a public private community partnership model.
It is fundamental that Ndigbo should take full control of the political structure of Igboland (South East Zone) so as to bring the era of imposed candidates and godfatherism to an end. Stooges can have no role in the government of a free people. There has also been a collapse of our institutions and our value system resulting in moral decadence and a lack of focused leadership. Our political office holders at all tiers should realize that their re-election will depend on their provision of diligent leadership and democracy dividends to their constituencies, not on external power brokers.
Ndigbo reiterate our rejection of the 2006 census figures for glaring irregularities and falsification of figures. A situation where the South East recorded negative growth is very ridiculous since there was no earthquake or tsunami to have reduced the Zone’s population while the population of other Zones increased. We ask all patriotic Nigerians to condemn this apartheid. We demand that steps be taken to remedy the situation, if not Ndigbo shall feel obliged to seek redress at the International Court of Justice, if justice is denied us by Nigerian courts.
In the spirit of national reconciliation and equity we demand that amnesty should also be extended to all MASSOB activists. If the Federal Government could grant amnesty to the Niger Delta militants, it will be another case of marginalization not to extend the same spirit to the non-violent MASSOB activists.
The foregoing adumbrates the Igbo national stand as canvassed by the Good Friday Conclave. It is clear that the position adopted by and being canvassed by The Good Friday Conclave is a healthy one for the Igbo nation. I call on Ndigbo to accept this position as a blueprint on our road to self discovery and recovery. We need to recapture the glorious days of our authentic Town Unions, adopt a group of a few altruistic men and women of integrity as our legitimate leaders, whose antecedents are unimpeachable and whose character are impeccable. When they speak as a group, we must commit ourselves to going where they deem to be in the best interest of our Igbo nation.
With regard to the Igbo Presidency project, the following table shows the tenure in office as head of government by each zone.
Since zoning or rotation was put in place to ensure equity, fairness and justice, it is only fair and logical that the zoning sequence should be such that the zone THAT HAS HELD OFFICE AS Head of Government (Military or Civilian) for the least duration should go first. It is obvious that the South East is the zone with the least tenure (6months), under Gen. J. T. U. Aguiyi-Ironsi.
It is only fair therefore that by 2015, a citizen of Igbo extraction should be the President of Nigeria. This demand, again, is not negotiable, but the process is. This calls for an intelligent Think Tank that should guide Ndigbo in their negotiation with the North and the South-South to ensure that the 2015 Igbo Presidency Project is realized. The Igbo should reject any arrangement that denies them (or has the potential to deny them) the presidency in 2015.
Although the Igbo Presidency is not negotiable, it is not the most elegant and fail-proof way for a massive holistic development of Igboland. An Igbo Presidency of Nigeria will give the Igbo nation a true sense of belonging to Nigeria and also obliterate the psycho-social devastations of the civil war. The path to lasting economic emancipation and development, however, remains the route charted by the proposal for the South East Nigeria Economic Commission (SENEC). Unfortunately, our Governors have not taken concluding actions on the formalization of this potentially viable and formidable instrument for the development of the South East. This is also an authentic Igbo perspective on the 21st century leadership challenge in Nigeria, and we cannot afford to be complacent when other zones are forging ahead. The South South equivalent of SENEC, BRACED Commission, is already on the roll. We are very pleased that they bought the idea from SENEC and their Governors are deeply committed to it.
In concluding, I need to stress that the Igbo nation is in a most precarious political situation now. Our age old maxims Igwe bu ike and Onye aghala nwanne ya must now be invoked and become our clarion call for survival. We must get together and tell ourselves the naked and ugly truth that we have betrayed the dreams of our forebears. We have sacrificed a whole generation of the Igbo nation, and are at the verge of mortgaging the future generations to a position of weakness, political irrelevance and economic servitude on the altar of dubious selfishness and lack of strategic thinking and planning. We are our own worst enemies, plundering and looting our commonwealth with impunity. We have created so many cracks in our union that we have become a laughingstock to the other nationalities in Nigeria. Our leaders will be judged by God, but we must stop them from further decimating our nation or be accountable to God for allowing the vilest among us to buy their way to the top only to steal, plunder and pillage until nothing is left. We must stop these miscreants from squandering the future anymore. Those of them who fight good administrations must be regarded as the greatest enemies of the Igbo nation.
Unless we wake up now, I predict that one day none of those criminals who have left us pauperized and disfranchised will be around to enjoy their ill-gotten wealth. Our youth will at a point decide that enough is enough, take the law into their hands and do the type of cleansing that we all dread, but are too enfeebled to forestall by speaking out when we should. Today, the commoners are being robbed, dehumanized, kidnapped and assassinated. Tomorrow, those who have the power to stop these things but have refused to do so will be the victims and their children will pay dearly for their indiscretion. I am not being alarmist; I am only prophesying that unless we repent of our colossal sinfulness and corruption, we will first get a grave measure of punishment here on earth before facing the wrath of God in hell fire. We must henceforth hold our leaders accountable. They must be made to massively industrialize our land and provide an enabling environment for our youth to build for the future. The farm settlements and other wealth-creating enterprises must be revived, with government giving the stimuli for the citizens to get going. Let us not forget that a barrel of crude oil costs about #12,000.00(Naira), whereas a barrel of palm oil (the same quantity) costs about #40,000.00 (Naira). Why can’t we go back to the golden days of palm oil, cocoa and groundnut pyramids in Nigeria? Malaysia collected palm seedlings from Eastern Nigeria and acquired the technology for its production from here. That country now rules the world of palm produce technology, while Nigeria now imports palm oil. It is time to insist on choosing our own leaders. Administrations that have not made the people’s lot better must be voted out of office and those who support them should be regarded as Igbo socio-cultural lepers. They should not be allowed to speak for us or represent us anywhere.
The day is far spent and the night is at hand. May the unfolding dawn be the wake of a new, revived, energized and glorified Igbo nation of our dreams. May we rise beyond the present state of despair and despondency to become a nation of prosperity and accomplishments! May God turn our ashes into beauty, our sorrow into joy, our shame into fame and our marginalization into respect and superior reckoning! We pray this in Jesus’ name, AMEN
May God bless you all.
Professor Chinedu Ositadinma Nebo
BIO DATA OF VEN. (PROF.) CHINEDU O. NEBO, Ph.D., OON
Venerable Professor Chinedu Ositadinma Nebo was born on 3rd June 1952 in Kafanchan in Kaduna State of Nigeria . He started his primary education six years later in 1959 at Ibadan District Council School and completed it in Municipal Council School, Port Harcourt in 1965. He passed the First School Leaving Certificate Examination with Distinction. Although, he was one of the twenty-one candidates from the then Eastern region who passed the entrance examination into King’s College, Lagos, his father refused his attending King’s College on health grounds. He also passed the examination and interview for admission into Government Secondary School Afikpo, which became his alma mater.
Having bagged a Distinction in the First School Leaving Certificate, he qualified to be interviewed for the award of a Secondary School Scholarship by the Government of Eastern Nigeria, which he won. In addition, he also won the School Scholarship of Government Secondary School, Afikpo, but opted for the Government Scholarship so that another student could take up that of the School. At the end of his first School year, he was indisputably one of the top students and was promoted to class 2A to run the accelerated programme for taking the West African School Certificate Examination in four, instead of the regular five years.
While in Class 2A, the Nigeria Civil war started. Being an idealistic youngster, he opted to join the Biafran army during the war. He was selected for training as an officer cadet at the age of sixteen and was commissioned a second Lieutenant after three months of training. Being one of the best military graduands, he was one of the forty selected for the Advanced Platoon Commanders’ course, after which he was deployed to the STF Division in Arochukwu. He was later posted to Lions’ Brigade, and then to Eagles’ Battalion where he was made the officer commanding the “D” Company. Ironically, one of his very Senior Old Boys, who was in Class Upper six when Chinedu was in class one, was latter posted to him as his Second-in-Command (Company 2 ic). Chinedu thus ended up with a big brother as his assistant.
After the civil war, he returned to Government Secondary School , Afikpo, which was then temporarily stationed in Enugu . He passed his West African School Certificate in flying colours. Chinedu decided to go to Government College Umuahia for higher School. He retained his Scholarship at Umuahia but letter decided that he preferred Afikpo.
Chinedu later won a Federal Government Undergraduate Scholarship to study Mining Engineering in the United States of America . He attended the highly reputable South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, known as one of the best Mining and Metallurgical Engineering Institutions in USA . He graduated in May, 1978 with First Class Honours (Highest Honours) and received the University-wide prize as the outstanding student. While a student, he married his sweetheart, Ifeyinwa, and their first daughter was actually born eight days before his Bachelors Degree. Although Chinedu received six different Scholarship awards for M.Sc/Ph.D. studies, he settled for an M.Sc. first because of his growing family.
After obtaining an M.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering, because of his obsession to help develop Nigeria’ Solid Mineral Resources, he worked for DUVAL Corporation for nearly two years to obtain practical Industrial Experience in running a mine and processing minerals into metals. During his M.Sc. studies, he received research grants from the industry to conduct Kinetics studies in a hydrometallurgical environment.
On returning to Nigeria in 1981, the legendry Professor Kenneth Dike, invited and encouraged him to join the Anambra State University of Technology (ASUTECH). Professor Dike sold to him, his vision of making ASUTECH an all-Igbo University that would become the greatest University in Africa and the black world. Chinedu quickly caught the vision and bought the idea. At that time, there was no other University in Nigeria offering Mining and Metallurgical Engineering. Shortly, thereafter, Chinedu realized that to maximize his academic potential, he needed to obtain a Ph.D. In 1983, he won a Federal Government Postgraduate Scholarship to study Materials Engineering in the U. S. A. In addition, he won an International Fellowship for the same purpose. During his Ph.D. studies, Professor Nebo received research grants from the following bodies to study a variety of research topics.
1. Home Stake Mining Corporation, South Dakota
2. U.S. Department of Energy
3. U.S. Bureau of Mines
4. U.S. National Science Foundation
5. The University Endowment Fund
Professor Nebo returned to ASUTECH on bagging his Ph.D. His passion was to help train the critical mass of professionals needed for the take off and running of a robust solid minerals industry in Nigeria.
Some of the social recognitions received by Professor Nebo while abroad include the following:
Listed in Who’s Who Among students in American Universities and Colleges, 1977/78
Listed in the International Youth in Achievement, 1979
Listed in personalities of America , 1981
Listed in Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, 1982
Listed in International Book of Honour, 1985
Professor Nebo is a member of the following Professional Associations:
1. Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, USA