Youth Council of Ohaneze not known in Igboland, according to Igbo Coalition | The Guardian Nigeria News

The Coalition of Igbo Progressive Youths Worldwide (CIPYW), a group of industrious young sons and daughters of south-eastern origin, called on Nigerians to disregard a media statement attributed to one Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, regarding the draft law on the Armed Forces Services Commission, submitted to the Senate. by the senator representing the senatorial district of Abia Sud, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, for consideration last week.

Isiguzoro, identified as the general chairman of the Ohaneze Youth Council (OYC) in the statement, had chosen a hole in the bill, which the legislature leadership asked the sponsor to postpone, describing it as an invitation to a coup against civilian presidents.

The Ohaneze Youth Council of Isiguzoro had warned members of the National Assembly of the implications of the bill on the armed forces proposed by the Senate if it were adopted.

He observed that if retained, the bill would truncate Nigerian democracy because, according to him, the content of the bill seeks to remove the powers and authority conferred on the “president and commander-in-chief of the armed forces by the 1999 Constitution section 217 and 218 for the composition, appointment and termination of service of the heads of the armed forces of Nigeria.

But in a quick reaction on Monday, the Coalition of Igbo Professional Youths, said that contrary to the claim, there was no existence of a name like Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro or Ohaneze Youth Council in Igbo land.

A statement signed Monday in Abuja by the national coalition president, Dr Chijioke Uba, and the national secretary, Ms Ngozi Anosike, insisted that “Mazi Okechukwu was non-existent and rather, a creation of enemies from the South. Is and some political irredentists who are visibly disturbed by the privileged position of the region with regard to the presidential election of 2023.

“We read with dismay a news article from a statement issued by pseudonym Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro regarding the Armed Forces Services Commission Bill presented to the Senate last week by our illustrious son Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, for review but deferred for further consultation.

“In said statement, the author not only discredited this historic bill, but also called its emergence a coup against democracy.

“In responding to the writer, we wish, first of all, to inform Nigerians that there is no name such as Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro or Ohaneze Youth Council in the whole of the South East. To our knowledge, this name or group is not known or does not exist throughout the South East region of Nigeria.

“Our various checks with all the Autonomous Communities, residents of the South-East as well as surveys of well-known community leaders in the South-East have all underscored the fact that no such person or group exists in the region. region and we therefore call on the media not to pay more attention to this group of impostors.

“To this end, we challenge the so-called Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro to name his village, his community, his uncle, or give his last name so that we can identify him. We recall here that it is a creation of certain elements having sleepless nights on the dominant position of the Southeast during the presidential election of 2023.

“We would like to remind the general public that the undertaker called ‘Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro’ and his Ohaneze Youth Council have since been disowned by Ohaneze Ndigbo, the socio-cultural group revered by all Igbos in the country. and abroad.

“We recall that Ohaneze Ndigbo by dissociating himself from this fictitious Isiguzoro, had also alerted that such name or group is unknown to the socio-cultural organization Apex Igbo. The management of our parent organization lamented that Isiguzoro, sponsored by certain elements, took their joke too far and for too long. It is unfortunate that after a few months these items are still in their business, ”the group said.

The Coalition of Igbo Professional Youths Worldwide is calling on intelligence and security agencies to rise to the occasion by investigating the group with a view to unraveling its sponsors and their true mission.

“These irredentists were undoubtedly recruited by their sponsors who fear the dominant position of the South-East in relation to the 2020 presidential election to scuttle the chances of the region. We implore the security agencies to disentangle their sponsors and their agenda, ”the statement read.

The statement added: “The Igbos of Nigeria and the Diaspora are all visibly angry that a figure like Isiguzoro can be created and that his nefarious activities are linked to their homeland. If Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro exists, we challenge him to come out and refute our claims that he is an insidious creation of fiction.

“Once again, Ohaneze Youth Council under which hides this pseudonym to carry out the desperate program of its creators does not exist anywhere in the land Igbo speaks less of having branches in the South-East and at the national level, of which Isiguzoro claims to be its general president. .

“We challenge him once again to produce the address of the Ohaneze Youth Council office and the names of the other members of its executive. It is a shame, an act of cowardice and a cruel neglect of the responsibility to hide behind a character in order to paint achievements that one does not deserve.

We dare to assert here that Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro fits well into the narrative of its creators, ”added the coalition.

The Armed Forces Services Commission bill, according to its drafter, seeks to address the alleged imbalanced appointment of heads of security agencies in the country.

“For the fictitious Isiguzoro, how have the current appointments of heads of service where all are concentrated in one or two geopolitical areas help the country in terms of security management? He asked.

“As stated in our previous statement, we wish to reiterate our congratulations to Senatorial Minority Leader Enyinnaya Abaribe for sponsoring the landmark bill, as the bill comes at a time of heightened insecurity. Across the country. It deserves all the support necessary for its eventual enactment of the law.

We call on distinguished senator Enyinaya Abaribe, representing the senatorial district of Abia Sud, to submit this laudable effort without further delay to further legislative work and consultations, with a view to sending it back to the Red Chamber for a possible passage.

“We call on security sector actors, including non-governmental and civil society organizations, religious groups, as well as security agencies, to necessarily line up behind Senator Abaribe to see the end of this legislative intervention, given that its passage into law would undoubtedly provide permanent solutions to the growing insecurity in our dear country, ”the coalition added.

Our interest remains to have a functional and united Nigeria where every citizen, no matter where they come from, can fulfill their destiny and aspire to reach any height if qualified.