The only surviving Minister of the first republic, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, on Tuesday charge the new National leadership of the Ohaneze Ndigbo, headed by Ambassador George Obiozor, to harmoniously work with Yoruba Social-Cultural Organization, Afenifere, the Northern Elders Forum and others ethnic organizations to sustain Nigeria oneness.
Mbazulike who is now 92-years gave the charged when the Apex group leadership pay him a visit at his country home, Ukpor in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra state to solicit for more support to achieve its four-year plan for the Igbos.
On the 2023 Igbo Presidency, the elder statesman urged them to canvassed for Igbo presidency in 2023, said it is only Igbo man with an all-round experience that would salvage the country of corruption and disunity.
He used the medium to advise Igbo politicians and other stakeholders from Igbo extraction to reach out to Nigerians in other zones to make the dream of producing the next President in 2023 a reality.
He insisted that nothing was non-negotiable, including the unity of Nigeria, especially if the negotiation would bring about equity and also quell agitations by some sections of the country.
He appealed to other political leaders in the likes of former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Senator Bola Tinubu, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to use their influence in backing Igbo in actualizing the presidency for the interest of oneness.
In his address, the National President, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Prof. George Obiozor, promise and pledge to do his best with his maximum capacity to serve and safeguard the interest of the Igbo nation and humanity.”
According to him, he has the capacity and contact to lead Ohanaeze as former Nigerian Ambassador to the United States of America, the state of Israel and the Republic of Cyprus.
He also said he had held positions of responsibilities like Director-General, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), secretariat coordinator 2014 national conference south-east delegates, member presidential advisory committee, 2014 national conference.
Other positions include adviser to President Ibrahim Babangida on international affairs, Adviser to the minister of foreign affairs General Ike Nwachukwu and many other positions of international standard.
He informed the gathering that Ohaneze Ndigbo under his leadership has no faction.
He commended the effort of the South-East Governors, especially, the Imo state governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, for their kind support for making him the next National President of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide.
He also promised to continue from the good work of the former President, Chief John Nnia Nwodo.
In their separate speeches, the Vice President, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Demian Okeke-Ogene and the Anambra state President General, Prince Emeka Udodeme, while assuring Obiozor of their full support of his leadership, noted that the threat to the Igbo extraction requires a mature and experienced person with a capacity to build enough consensus to define the interest of the Igbo at any given opportunity.
Other dignitaries present during the visit include; former Imo state governor, Mr. Ikedi Ohakim, Chief Emmanuel Iwayanwo, the Ohaneze Ndigbo National Secretary, Ambassador OKey Emuche, Traditional rulers, Anambra state Ohaneze Ndigbo executive, among others.