The next President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo will come from Imo State. This is in line with the zoning formula of the pan-Igbo group that rotates the office in alphabetical order among the Igbo-speaking states. All of Abia, Anambra, Delta, Ebonyi and Enugu have had moments in the coveted office. Only Imo and Rivers states are yet to have, and in a couple of months from now an Imo man would be seated at Gulf Court Estate in Enugu as President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, grappling with the challenges of Ndigbo and the solutions thereof.
To ensure that the best emerges from Imo State, a group of Igbo patriots under the auspices of Igbo Rebirth Movement (IRM) have outlined a set of criteria which the group believes should guide the choice of whom Imo will put forward for the job. A survey conducted by the group over the last four months has also favoured the renowned academic and consummate administrator, Prof. Chidi Osuagwu, as the most qualified to lead the apex Igbo group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
A release by the group, which was signed by its spokesperson, Dr. Gerald Emeribe, and made available to newsmen on Monday maintained that the choice of Osuagwu was based on the power of his unassailable integrity and general acceptability among all classes and social categories of Ndigbo.
“We have painstakingly carried out this survey among the various Igbo groups and opinion leaders, and everyone keeps pointing at one thing: Ndigbo need a leader that can reunite the people. They need a leader who has the requisite integrity to win the trust of everyone and reestablish a broad agenda for the development of Igboland. Our people sorely crave for a leader whose reputation, pragmatism and deep insight can reposition Ndigbo in national affairs and bring about respect to the Igbo Nation.
“He must be a person who has in all consistency and sincerity made himself available to serve the ordinary people even in a thankless capacity. A person who has demonstrated a commitment to overlook earthly possessions to stand for his people. A person who is morally untainted and intellectually astute. A person who through charisma, character and courage has earned an unprecedented following, and who is altruistic and compassionate. These should constitute the personality traits needed now.
“Out of about five persons which we have nominated for assessment, majority of Ndigbo have shown their preference for Prof. Chidi Osuagwu. We therefore urge him to make himself available to answer this call which Ndigbo are making to him for service. We are aware that it will take personal sacrifices, but we urge him to hearken to the voice of Ndigbo who have reposed so much faith in his capacity to make Igboland a prosperous place for this generation and generations yet unborn.”