Prominent Igbo leaders have gathered in Imo State capital, Owerri to fine-tune strategies for the economic and political development of the region under the banner of a new group called C-21. The leaders seek to work towards the emergence of Imo sons and daughter at the highest political offices in the country and on economic integration of the entire South East.
The Organization which is made up of religious leaders and politicians warned that the Igbo race is on the verge of political extinction if they fail to unite and present a united front in seeking political, economical and cultural relevance in Nigeria. Speaking at the occasion, Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha said Igbos must seek the face of God in reversing what he called political misfortune and sundry ills affecting the Igbo race. “Our people have left God and turned to worship money, status and business. For us to achieve our political and economic growth and relevance in Nigeria, we must retrace our steps and come back to God”. Governor Okorocha who described Igbos as unique said they have all it takes to produce competent officials at highest level of governments in Nigeria. He said disunity has been the bane of the Igbos Prominent religious leader Rev. Dr Umah Ukpai said, the C-21 as a group has all the potentials to produce the leadership the Igbos currently lack. He said, to achieve their destiny, the Igbos must pray and seek the face of God.
President of C-21, Senator Annie Okonkwo lamented that Igbos are no longer a force to reckon with in Nigeria but hope that his group will quickly transform Igbo nation into a vibrant united group able to
champion the course of Igbo race. He describe the group as apolitical and determined to provide the necessary support to all Igbo sons and daughters to excel in their areas of choice in Nigeria.