Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu was inaugurated as the new President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, replacing the late Prof George Obiozor. The Imeobi Ohanaeze ratified Iwuanyanwu’s nomination in a meeting held in Enugu, attended by serving governors, former governors, former leaders of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and leaders of the South-East traditional rulers council and senators. Iwuanyanwu expressed his gratitude for the appointment and acknowledged the love and support of his people that propelled him to the position.
He noted that he had served the Igbo people throughout his life, in times of war and peace. Iwuanyanwu also disclosed that he did not have the ambition to be the leader of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, but to become the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, having contested the presidency on three occasions without success.
During his tenure as President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Iwuanyanwu pledged to focus on education, agriculture, industrialisation, electricity, power generation, and health. He also expressed his concern about the security situation in the South-East and called for a peace summit in Igboland. Iwuanyanwu appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to release the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, before the end of his tenure.
He stated that Kanu was crucial for any key discussion and that it was not possible to negotiate any peace while he was in detention. Iwuanyanwu also warned that Kanu’s health was deteriorating and emphasized the importance of his release to have access to medical care. The elder statesman promised to valiantly defend the Igbo cause and not to fail Ime-Obi and all Igbo people.