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Balkanization Of Lagos Ohanaeze: Founding Father Movies To Unite Factions

The founding father of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Lagos State Chapter, John Uche has expressed regret over the balkanization of the Igbo apex socio-cultural organization.

Recall that Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos State Chapter has three factions headed by Solomon Ogbonna, Nnamdi Nwaigwe and Ruben Nwakor. However, the faction of Solomon Ogbonna is the one recognized by the national body of the organization.

Speaking when one of the factional presidents, Col. Nwakor (rtd).paid him a courtesy visit, Chief Uche who was the first president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Lagos State chapter said that the visions of Ohanaeze Ndigbo which are to unite, project, promote and protect Igbo interest are no longer being followed. He said instead of using Ohanaeze Ndigbo to unite the Igbo, some people are now using it as a money making venture by collecting money from different political parties .
However, he said that efforts are being made to separate the chaff from the grain and return the
organization to its original vision.

He commended Nwakor and his group for remembering his struggles for Ndigbo in Lagos State and coming on the courtesy visit. According to him,since he left office,about two decades ago,Nwakor and his group are the only leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo that has come on courtesy visit to him. In his contribution, Nwakor said that what inspired the visit was a line in the Nigeria`s national anthem which has it that the labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain. He regreted that the house that Chief Uche labour to build to build (Ohanaeze Ndigbo),has collapsed.

Speaking further, he said that as a well- meaning Igbo man, he is ready to help to put the house together.

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