Briefing newsmen on the Igbo leaders’ meeting at Zodiac Hotels, Enugu on Wednesday, Nwabueze said that though the group had not held any forum in the past one year, “contemporary issues that are threatening Nigeria’s corporate existence necessitated this meeting.”
Insisting that the “Islamisation agenda of the President Muhamadu Buhari’s administration is real,” he however dismissed the electoral reform committee set up by the President last week, saying that “It has nothing to do with us.”
Among those who attended the meeting included Prof. Ben Nwabueze, SAN, former Governor of Anambra State, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, former National Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nduka Eya, former Director-General of the National Orientation Agency, NOA, Prof. Elochukwu Amucheazi, former Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation, Senator Anyim Ude and the National Chairman of Igbo Women Association, IWA , Chief Marie Okwo.
They also included: Chief Enechi Onyia, SAN; Prof. Race Achara, former WAEC Registrar; and traditional ruler of Ndikelionwu in Orumba Local Government Area of Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuemeka Ike; Archbishop Emeritus of the Awka Diocese of the Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Maxwell Anikwenwa; Prof. Lawrence Ocho, and former Vice Chancellor of Anambra State University of Science and Technology, ASUTECH and traditional ruler, Prof. Chiweite Ejike.
Speaking to newsmen after the opening session of the group’s meeting, Nwabueze said: “This is a very crucial meeting for us because we have not met for more than a year. And if you look at our agenda, such critical issues for discussion, issues like Islamisation agenda and its impact on the unity of the country.
“Islamisation agenda is real, it’s not something that somebody has just conjured up. It’s there. And it’s being implemented gradually.
“Look at the security agencies; every aspect of security , Muslims are in control in its entirety. They are doing it methodically; the way they are going about its implementation. Look at Fulani herdsmen menace, it is part of it.”
On the renewed agitation for Biafra, Nwabueze advised all the Igbo groups involved in the struggle to adopt refined strategies such as self-determination, stating that the demand for Biafra would make the Igbo play into the hands of their enemies, who eventually will box them to a corner with the allegation of having demanded for a separate nation.
His words, “The agitation for Biafra, you will appreciate what is going on, to box the Igbo, to box them so that they will say, ah we are pulling out.
“And then, they will launch the final solution to the Igbo problem. Our people must not play into their hands. All these agitations, I support the agitation, but define your objective.
“What do you want? Self-determination, okay; that is the best thing, use it as a cover, don’t come out openly and say you are agitating because you want the sovereign state of Biafra. Sovereign state of Biafra within sovereign Nigeria? You have to be extremely tactful.
“On the Islamisation thing, we have listed a number of positions which will be embodied in the communiqué that will come out eventually. The Fulani herdsmen, our governors should meet and say we don’t want this anymore, let them go somewhere, let them open ahhhh… whatever they call it (ranches). But not here, yes these are the things we want.”