By Chinasa Ogbonna
Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has brokered peace among the feuding leaders of Oha-na-Eze Ndigbo that has lasted for years and literally left the apex Igbo socio/cultural group impotent and almost irrelevant.
In a meeting held at Government House, Owerri recently, the two leaders, Dr. Nnachi Enwo- Igariwey and Chief Ralph Obioha resolved to sheath their swords to move the organization forward.
One of the resolutions reached was that Dr. Igariwey will continue to be the president-general and those suspended as a result of the crisis would be reinstated as members of the National Executive Council (NEC).
The other important decision was that Dr. Igariwey’s tenure which ought to have lapsed in the next nine months should be extended to one year in order to put the Ohaneze on the right pedestal.
A caretaker committee headed by Chief Ralph Obioha, approved by NEC and the president-general, is to look into election matters and tenure of offices.
The committee will also act as a peace and reconciliation committee to reconcile all factions in the states and nationally. Governor Okorocha disclosed that each of the governors in the South-East would nominate a member to the reconciliation committee, hoping that the arrangement will produce a formidable Oha-Na-Eze of which Igbo people would be proud.
In his address, the President-General, Dr. Igari-Wey thanked Governor Okorocha for restoring peace to the body, stressing that with peace and unity they will surmount some of the challenges confronting the Igbo nation.
He appealed to the governor to liaise with other governors in the zone to ensure that the body is well-funded.
Similarly, Chief Ralph Obioha commended Governor Okorocha for making peace in the organization and assured that his committee will reconcile the factions in the states as he assured of his total support to the president general to ensure that the glory of Igbo nation is brought back.