Yesterday, the 9th of September 2021 witnessed the visit of President Muhamadu Buhari to Owerri the capital City of Imo State. The president was in the South Eastern State to commission some projected work that had been done by the Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma.
One attitude that characterised the visit of the President was ambivalence by the Imo people. While the president was greeted with an empty street on the one hand due to Ipob declaration that Imo indigenes should stay at home, on the other hand members of the Ohaneze Ndigbo (an Apex association of Igbo People) were there to give the president a warm welcome.
Not only was the Ohaneze Ndigbo's president present at the occasion but plethora of Igbo's elites were there to welcome the president.
However this act shows how the two associations Ipob and Ohaneze Ndigbo we're divided on President Muhamadu Buhari's visit. While Ipob are using the occasion to show to the President that they want out of the Nigerian federation, the President of the Ohaneze Ndigbo Prof. George Obiozor used the occasion to press home the fact that the Igbo people are still and will remain part and parcel of Nigeria thereby shunning separatists like Ipob.
Prof. George Obiozor pleaded with the president Muhamadu Buhari for more inclusion of the Igbo people in the Nigerian project, according to him this will drastically reduce the intention of secession.
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