Chief Ngozi Ogbuehi,the Agbakwuru Dike 1 is a member of the Igbo Speaking Community here in Lagos,he is the present Chairman of the Igbo Speaking Community in Ajeromi- Ifelodun local government.Here he talks about problems of the Igbos in Ajeromi-Ifelodun and Lagos state.
Ohanaeze was not the first to start giving Chieftaincy titles in Lagos, rather, it was the Igbo Speaking group that initiated it.
Eze Hycint Ohazulike because of power tussle between himself and Eze Nwachukwu over who becomes “Onye ndu ndi Igbo in Lagos” brought about the exit of Ohanaeze in from Igbo Speaking Community and it was at the period of Ezeship power tussle between both Eze that gave birth to Ohanaeze in Lagos.
Prior to that ,Ohanaeze was only based in Enugu and they were speaking on behalf of Igbos everywhere even for Igbos outside the country, it was because of the tussle and other minor happenings that brought about the emergence of Ohanaeze in Lagos and before all these, Igbo speaking Community was already on ground and a recognized body in Lagos too, right from the time of late governor Otedola of Lagos state and it is of note that Igbo Speaking Community equally started in Ajeromi local government by late Chief Dikko.
Honestly, it was because his family members never wanted him to go into Ezeship tussle that they cleverly sent him out of the country. It was after the emergence of Eze Ohazulike that Ohanaeze started giving titles. Even though, right there, Ohanaeze has experience leaders, big shots and Ohanaeze is not just limited to the five Eastern states but extended to Asaba and anywhere there’s Igbo speaking tribes.
I am also a strong member of Ohanaeze aside being the AJEROMI Chairman of Igbo Speaking Community.
WHAT ELSE IS IGBO SPEAKING CARVED OUT FOR OUTSIDE JUST GATHERING THE Igbos
It is to gather and protect the interest of every Igbos person in Lagos, look into their wellbeing that those of them that are members but personally, I do extend my leadership experience and largesse to non-members of the group. Like if it comes to my notice that an Igbo man is being witch haunted, detained or taken to the local government court, I will go there in my capacity as the Chairman of Igbo Speaking Community but if the person is wrong or falls short of the law, we will plead his course to get the matter resolved.
HOW COME THE IGBO SPEAKING COMMUNITY NOW PLAYS SECOND FIDDLE TO OHANAEZE.
Yes, you know anywhere you see an Igbo man, there must be power tussle, just as we are shouting 2023 presidency when we are not together, it may not be possible to achieve anything meaningful.
If Igbos respect themselves, putting 10-20 people to contend for one vacant position will not happen again knowing fully that the position will elude us. Right now as we speak, Igbo Speaking after Chief Ebere Ubani,senior Police Officer(rtd) who served for eight years and bought a land for the Secretariat of the group ,just like the new Ohanaeze Chairman bought a befitting Secretariat but others would just come for want of money.Igbo Speaking under Chief Ubani is without bias, he preaches the doctrine of oneness, admonishing people to make sure they attend Ohanaeze meetings wherever you may be and I borrow the leaf at my local government and I preach same.
THE PROBLEM OF LEADERSHIP IN IGBO SPEAKING COMMUNITY AT THE STATE ROBBED ON THE LOCAL GOVT CHAPTER, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE DAMAGES OF THIS PROBLEM AT AJEROMI.
Well, as far as am concerned, I know the problem would soon be over because, it is just one person just refusing to accept defeat, and however, this has not caused any damage in Ajeromi.
HOW ABOUT THE RIFT BETWEEN NWACHUKWU AND OHAZULIKE,ARE THERE SOME SPILL OVER TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Well, there’s an adage in Igbo language that a young man who throws up his father would certainly be blinded by the things under the father’s wrapper. I wouldn’t honestly have dabbled into this issue but for clarity sake.
The young boy, Anyalebechi only tried to step into his father’s shoes without understanding that Ezeship in diaspora is not hereditary. It is a position where experience capability qualifies one and gone are the days when people lay claim to it, saying it is my kindred that produce Eze and it must be so but it is just unfortunate that this young man has no good advisers.
Once he had heard that Eze Guy is celebrating his new yam festival, (referring to an incident that happened during the new yam celebration of Eze Guy) all he would have done is go to meet him and say, Daddy,I knew you had scheduled your celebration and I had printed my invitation, please how do we resolve this and the whole thing would have been resolved amicably, instead of making it look as if he competing with Eze Guy.
But as he had resorted to celebrating the same day, it is akin to a young man asking his father “what can you do” This is my personal opinion and the way I see it. Couple with the fact that everybody in this local government knows the role of Nickon in Ohanaeze and that he has not rested on his oars to fighting the Ohanaeze in this local govt. and the young man Anyalebechi has been giving him covering with his appointments and supports and all of them had not hidden their hatred and determination to make Ohanaeze dysfunctional.
Well you cannot eat your cake and have it,I look forward to him seeing reason or his advisers ,if he has any to advise him properly because there’s no way, he is going to win this fight and the truth is that no one is against Anyalebechi becoming an Eze but in my area, they say, no one jumps with one leg.Anyalebechi is however my good friend .
HAVE YOU HEARD THE INTERPRETATION OF THE NON IGBOS TO THE ANYALEBECHI’S ISSUES.WHAT’S YOUR ADVISE AND HOW CAN THE IGBOS LIVE IN PEACE.
Well, you know when you have this divide and rule system, it pays especially those that bring such ideas because when you see the powerful group, you go and woo them and you have your way but it is quite unfortunate that the Igbos are allowing themselves to be used like rags.
During Oluwa’s regime, first and second tenure, we were so united and we had contracts given us and we were together. Politically, we became disunited again during Obinna’s era as vice Chairman, however, he never side- keep any entitlements of the Igbos.
However, anybody may see the minor differences of the Igbos but the Yorubas also have their own differences. Politically in APC, there’s the Constituency and APF, so that of the Igbos should not be magnified.
In Ifelodun, there are four Igbo groups, Ohanaeze and Igbo Speaking are not political groups but politically, we have Ndi Igbo in APC,Igbo Coalition as political groups. Igbo vision has fizzled out into Igbos in APC and it is Igbo Coalition that refused to fizzle into Igbos in APC and you can recall that we wrote against Hon Kalejaiye sometime and asked him to remove his hand from Igbo affairs being when he meddled into Igbo affairs by trying to impose Nickon into our affairs.