Chief John Nnia Nwodo and Cosmos Ndukwe
L-R: Chief John Nwodo and Chief Cosmos Ndukwe

Below is an open letter written to the President General of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, by the Abia State deputy speaker of the house of Assembly, Chief Cosmos Ndukwe Ph.D.

By Cosmos Nduwke Ph.D

This morning, I read across major news media that former President Ibrahim Babangida has called for restructuring of Nigeria. I guess Northerners would listen to him, I also recollected that while we sent delegates to the 2014 National Conference, Igbo was the only major ethnic group that took pages of  newspapers and other media of communication  to deride and denigrate Gen. Ike Nwachukwu (Rtd.).

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These groups said unprintable and uncharitable things about the former Minister, Military Governor and Senator of the Federal Republic, an Igbo by every definition. Ike Nwachukwu would not have been the only person with the baggage of a past, but his problem was being Igbo.

I have observed that you approached the issue of Igbo cause with amazing dexterity. Within a short period, you demonstrated that a leader does not need the whole time in the world to make a mark. You deserve to be trusted.

It is not easy to led Igbos, one nation with belief that a centralized authority is not ideal. You will however notice that when there is a strong voice, Igbos oblige the person. They are also quick to abandon any person who squanders their goodwill. I write you today because, it is obvious that you command appreciable respect across the Igbo people.

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Lately, the drums of war, perhaps in its most shrilled form beat with echoes of fear. We have had all manner of persons canvassing for different positions. If we are to put Igbo interest in a scale about this time, you may be shocked that the tunes are as discordant as they vary.

Assuming, war breaks out now; the greatest tragedy would be Igbos will be managing a decentralized command structure with the devastating disadvantage of chaos and disorderliness. Whether I am thinking towards the direction of war? In reality No! For purposes of academic discourse, perhaps Yes. My desire at this time, is for Igbos to look for a common front that would unite us.

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No group can ever contemplate strong negotiation scattered as we are, talk less of settling for war.

Almost every major ethnic group in Nigeria has a CENTRAL COMMAND LINE. This entails that even if the instructions are not obeyed, they are seriously taken notice of. This feeling is great as it is awesome.

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