NIROH 2020: The Igbos have lost focus and direction – Dr Paul Okoye #NIROH2020
Indeed history was made penultimate Wednesday in the ancient coal city of Enugu when an Igbo socio-cultural group, Ndigbo Royal Heritage Worldwide, NIROH kicked off officially with a world press conference.
The event which took place at the Ofuobi African Center at within the Independence layout of Enugu had the President General Dr Paul Okoye and the representatives of the entire Five South Eastern States of Abia, Anambra, Eboyin Enugu and Imo State as well as Abuja and Lagos in attendance.
The colourful event featured the presentation of a position paper titled: Igbo Unity …the New Agenda by the President General Dr. Paul Okoye who flew in from Italy specifically for that purpose. In that paper, he stressed the need for the Igbo Race to Unite and speak with one voice if they wish to make a formidable impact in the union called Nigeria.
According to him, The Eastern Region, like her counterparts in the North, West and Mid-West, existed as an administrative region with full autonomy, controlling its economy until 1967.
The Eastern Region operated a parliamentary system of government with Dr Francis Akanu Ibiam as the Governor and Dr Michael Okpara as the Premier. The autonomy enjoyed by the four regions of Nigeria was to be watered down with the introduction of the unitary system of government into our polity by Major General Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi on assumption of office in July 1966, following Nigeria’s first coup.