Group rejects Iwuanyanwu as Ohanaeze Ndigbo President-General

THE Njiko Igbo Forum, an Igbo socio-political group affiliated with Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has rejected the emergence of Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu as the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo is the apex socio-political body of the Igbo.

President of Njiko Igbo Forum Okechukwu Obioha stated the group’s opposition to Iwuanyanwu’s emergence as Ohanaeze leader in a statement released on Friday, April 21.

Obioha recommended former Ohanaeze Secretary-General Joe Nworgu as a more suitable candidate for the position.

He said Nworgu was endorsed by the Forum based on experience.

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“Njiko Igbo Forum rejects Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu as the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. As the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide is deceased and Imo State is unarguably the state to still retain the President-General, we strongly recommend Joe Nworgu, who was one of the contestants for that position,” the statement released by Njiko Igbo Forum said.

The group also stated that if Iwuanyanwu insists on being referred to as the President-General, he will not be recognised by the Forum or other affiliate organisations of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide.

Iwuanyanwu’s emergence as Ohanaeze leader followed the death of the substantive President-General, Professor George Obiozor, who passed away on January 9, 2023.



    The Imo Elders Council led by the Chairman, Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, had presented Iwuanyanwu to Imo State governor, Hope Uzodinma, as the new President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

    His nomination was also endorsed by a group of Igbo youths under the aegis of the Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL)

    The group’s President General, Goodluck Ibem and its Director Of Mobilization, Ogbonnaya Obasi, said Iwuanyanwu is the best man for the job.

    During a recent interview on Channels Politics Today, Iwuanyanwu accepted the position, stating that he was pleased to serve and that he had been selected by distinguished stakeholders of Ohanaeze.

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