For Immediate Release: The Igbo World Assembly (IWA), the global union that represents all the Igbo organizations in the Diaspora endorses President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for the 2011 Presidential election should he decide to run. In a crucial general meeting held with participants from all over the world, the prominent Igbo organization in the Diaspora gave a resounding endorsement for President Jonathan to run as the PDP flag bearer in the 2011 election.
After a long, thoughtful, and vibrant deliberations on the future of Nigeria, the sustenance of Nigeria’s nascent democracy and the forthcoming 2011 general elections in Nigeria, the IWA general assembly reached a consensus that President Goodluck and his Vice President Namadi Sambo are the most suitable candidates for the presidency should they decide to run. IWA based its decision on the following salient reasons:
First, IWA believes in the incontrovertible position of the Nigerian constitution that gives full rights to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, above all other considerations, to aspire to the position of president at the 2011 elections, more so as the South-south zone, in spite of its enormous contributions to Nigeria’s GDP, is yet to produce a President or Head of State in the fifty (50) years of Nigeria’s existence as a sovereign nation. IWA rejects the nauseating indignity of political exclusion because of one’s ethnic background. Where is it stated in the Nigerian constitution that a freeborn, qualified Nigerian cannot contest for the highest office in the country because of his or her geographical origin?
IWA hereby calls on Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to openly declare his interest in the 2011 presidential election without further delay. IWA noted that since Yar’Adua was on a joint ticket with Jonathan, it becomes logical that since the boss was no longer in position to complete the tenure, his deputy should do so.
IWA reasons that with the death of the pilot (Yar’Adua), the co-pilot (Jonathan) who started the long journey with the pilot and knows the terrain very well should continue and complete the journey.
Second, IWA believes that judging from any objective measures that President Jonathan is super qualified to lead Nigeria. He possesses all the requisite qualifications, academic credentials, character and integrity to lead a nation that so desperately needs a role model in words, actions and deeds. Having served as the governor of one of the major oil producing states in Nigeria with ample opportunities to enrich himself with ill-gotten wealth, President Jonathan resisted the corruption, which is synonymous with success in Nigerian politics, and maintained his high morale standards and tenacious adherence to anti-corruption, fairness, transparency, rule of law and orderliness in Nigeria.
Third, in President Jonathan, Nigeria is blessed to have a polished gentleman with a clean record both at home and abroad. He is so humble and down to earth and his demeanor radiates wisdom and compassion. Jonathan is a detribalized Nigerian who appeals to every ethnic group in the country on the basis of his humble background, endearing utterances and outstanding peoples’ skills. He is calm, confident, measured and in complete control of every situation.
Fourth, in comparison with other aspiring presidential candidates, President Jonathan looks quite different from what a typical Nigerian politician appears to be. He did not meet the other hidden requirements like some other presidential candidates who have proven to be good looters and ardent thieves. However, he possesses the skills needed for the next leader of a re-branded Nigeria – top notch education, admirable and rich life experiences as someone who has led the life as an average Nigerian, and a fervent desire to effect positive changes in Nigeria.
Fifth, President Jonathan has proven that he can work with all the governors in the country regardless of their party affiliations. In other words, he considers himself the president of all Nigerians, not the president of PDP. He reaches out to all states and works hard for the best interest of all Nigerians. A great testimony to this claim was the leadership he showed during the Anambra State Gubernatorial election in February 2010.
Other notable accomplishments by President Jonathan in just a few months of his presidency include the stabilization of naira in spite of the current global recession, reduced and affordable price of gas, improved electricity in the entire country, and the on-going aggressive voter registration to ensure a free and fair elections next year.
Most importantly, President Jonathan promised to give Nigerians credible electoral reforms with a free, fair election, which he began by appointing a world-acclaimed social crusader and defender of equity, honesty, and integrity, Professor Attahiru Jega as the country’s new Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). This is a step in the right direction.
In reaching its decision, the leadership of IWA collated, deliberated upon, studied, analyzed and assessed the views of the people in the Diaspora and maintained that President Jonathan is the right man for the job.
Even people from the entire South region have serious reason to question the inequitable rotation of the leadership of the country. Out of fifty years of Nigeria’s existence as a sovereign nation, the North has ruled for a total of thirty-eight years, allowing only twelve years for the South. Is this how democracy is designed to work?
IWA further believes that if and when zoning rotation revolves among the six geo-political zones, the marginalized zones of South-south, South-east and a few other zones that have not tasted the presidency yet, should move to the front of the line for their turns.
To ensure equality and fairness among the zones, IWA supports Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s position on State creation as one way to level the playing field. A situation where one zone has seven states, many have six and only one has five is totally unacceptable. IWA insists on equitable number of states within each geo-political zone hence our call for new state creation in some regions.
IWA also supports the renewed dialogue between Ohanaeze Ndi-Igbo and Ijaw National Congress (INC). We need to work together on matters of common interest, on how to reinforce the friendship and brotherliness between the Ijaw nation and Igbo nation. The Ijaws and the Igbos have been neighbors for thousands of years, and the present generation must continue to fuel that flame of friendship that existed in the past. IWA and Ohaneze Ndigbo intend to extend the same kind of cooperation and understanding to other ethnic units in Nigeria. Marching and working together, IWA intends to fashion a detribalized nation that must focus on what brings us together, not apart.
IWA is calling on all Nigerians of all political, social and religious persuasions to put the unity of Nigeria above any one party agenda, and rally around President Jonathan as he embarks on the unenviable job of leading our beloved country, Nigeria.
The Igbo World Assembly (IWA) is the Umbrella Organisation that represents the Apex National Organizations in the various countries in the world such as USA, UK, France, Spain, Finland, Italy, Netherland, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, South Africa, Russia, Ukraine, Australia, Denmark, Japan, Sweden and Canada. The Igbo World Assembly (IWA) work very closely and recognizes Ohaneze Ndigbo as the mouth piece of Ndigbo World Wide.
The Igbo World Assembly, as you know, is the only bona fide, inter-continental, Igbo Advocacy group of its kind founded on May 19, 2008, and represents a committed attempt to truly perfect a Global Igbo Union. IWA is founded on the twin principles of Njikoka and Igbo Izu (synergy and collaboration) and we are committed to working with, collaborating with, partnering with all genuine Igbo political, economic and social expression vehicles. By presenting a platform to leverage Igbo Diaspora as a strategic partner on Igbo issues, we aim to advance the Igbo agenda as never before done in our post-war history.
Dr. Nwachukwu Anakwenze Chief Oliver Nwankwor
Chairman(U.S.A) Secretary General (The Netherlands)
Maazi Afamefuna Anawana
Head, Media and Public Relation Institute (U.K)
IMPORTANT IWA CONTACT PHONE NUMBERS AND EMAIL ADDRESSES
Dr Nwachukwu Anakwenze E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 310-993-8053/ 310-544-2711 (USA)
IWA Chairman, Ex-Presiding Officer CISA
Chief Oliver Nwankwor E-mail: email@example.com Ph: +31 622450443 (Netherland)
Secretary General, Igbo World Assembly (IWA). President Ohaneze Netherlands
Chief Christain Onuora E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: +447931268905,
Vice Chairman of Igbo World Assembly (IWA) President CIC, UK
Maazi Afamefuna Anawana E-mail: email@example.com Ph: +44-(0)7847-997-828 (UK)
(DSG, IWA Igbo Media and Public Relation Institute). CIC, UK Secretary General