Igbo will secede if marginalized under Buhari Govt – Ohanaeze

Buhari-AbiaThe Chairman of Presidents of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in seven Igbo speaking states, Dr. Chris Eluemunoh, on Tuesday warned against any attempt to “further marginalise” the ethnic group in Nigeria.

Eluemunoh, who made this known in a chat with journalists in Awka, the Anambra State capital, said such attempt would be met by a strong move for self-determination by the Igbo.

According to Eluemunoh, Ndigbo had long concluded on such option and only waiting for the “opportune time” to use the joker.

He said already, the United Nations had invited some Igbo elders to hear them out on their demand for a sovereign state for the Igbo in June.

The delegation of Igbo elders would be led to the U.N by a former National President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Dozie Ikedife, he said.

He added that some time last year, the African Union had also granted an Igbo delegation a similar audience in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Eluomunoh was speaking against the backdrop of speculation that the incoming Muhammadu Buhari administration might relegate the Igbo to the background because the people of the South-East voted against him in the just concluded general elections.

The Ohanaeze chief said the best path the Buhari administration would toe would be to discuss with Igbo leaders on how to chart a viable course for the country.

Eluomunoh added, “Buhari must give us one additional state to put us at par with our other brothers. He must also implement the report of the National Conference. If he turns his back to that report, he is turning his back to the unity of Nigeria. If he kills the report, he is killing the unity of Nigeria”.

He admitted that the change that came to the country after the last general elections was a welcome development in light of the fact that the Peolpes Democratic Party had steered the ship of leadership of the country for the past 16 years.

He, however, argued that there would be no real change in Nigeria if there “is no structural change” in the country.

Eluemuno also disowned the Chief Ralph Obioha-led Ohanaeze Caretaker Committee, which visited Buhari recently and canvassed for appointments for the Igbos, dismissing report of any conflict in the organisation.


  1. My Dear Dr Chris,
    Igbos or any other tribe will not secede. Nigeria will remain one indivisible nation.let us talk and be patient with one another.unity is strength, let us embrace it. As a nation we are going through developmental process. To be quite honest you don’t need an igbo man to be on top for your region to develop because those who go there go for their pockets rather what you need to develop your region is good governance.
    Thank you and God Bless Federal Republic of Nigeria.

  2. A true leader who wants the good of his people should not threaten the peace, love and co-existence of others. If you have already approached UN and you are booked to appear before it in June, all well and good. After all for USSR split into several nation states and they all doing fine. If the majority of Igbo’s want it, fine, but if you ate speculating, please stop the joke. You should not play Round with the destiny of several millions of people. Think before you leap.


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