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The Chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Council of Elders, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu has revealed that he is currently under pressure to take over the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo following the death of president general, Prof George Obiozor.
He made this known yesterday when he hosted a group, the Igbo Delegate Assembly.
During the visit, the group president, Chikezie Nwogu, disclosed that they were on a mission from 19 northern states to appeal to Iwuanyanwu to accept the leadership of Ohanaeze to complete Obiozor’s tenure.
He said, ‘The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation is in dire need of a central voice and a leadership that will change the existing narrative and adopt a new approach that will address the challenges facing Ndigbo Worldwide.
‘l believe Iwuanyanwu is the man whose pedigree and antecedents can give Ndigbo the desired leadership and direction, especially at this time.’
In his response, Iwuanyanwu said many Igbo leaders had been asking him to take over the organisation’s leadership. He highlighted that some programmes have been mapped out to improve the lot of Ndigbo.
The elder statesman went on to reveal that plans are underway to revive the NigerCem Nkalagu, adding that a committee under Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo has been set up to resolve issues with the Ebonyi State government and the people to ensure that the company comes back to life.
Iwuanyanwu said there are limestones in Imo, Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu and Anambra states for cement production, including the coal mine in Enugu and other mineral resources in the Southeast.