STATEMENT BY THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF WORLD IGBO SUMMIT GROUP, DR. IFEDI OKWENNA, DURING THE PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE THE 6TH EDITION OF THE SUMMIT, ON WEDNESDAY 16TH DECEMBER, 2020.
Gentlemen of the Press,
I welcome you this Press Conference, to formally inform you that the 6th World Igbo Summit, organized by the World Igbo Summit Group, the Igbo Renaissance Centre of Gregory University Uturu, Abia State, and leaders of the Igbo collectives, holds between the 18th -20th December, 2020.
The Summit which takes place at President Goodluck Jonathan Auditorium, Gregory University Uturu, Abia State, has as its theme: Enduring Future for Ndigbo: Expectations and Challenges, and it’s expected to x-ray the historic and contemporary realities in Nigeria today, the impact of Covid-19 Pandemic, the EndSARS phenomenon and its resetting agenda on the socioeconomic and political landscape of Nigeria, and proffer options to achieving our set targets as Ndigbo going forward.
The Summit is organized as an all-inclusive meeting of Igbo leaders and elders coming together to build cohesion and understanding between themselves with aim of finding better solutions for tackling the challenges facing Ndigbo and in resetting the Igbo Nation within the Nigerian Federation.
It shall be a platform to develop the strategic formula for engagement of each segment of the Nigerian society, to achieve our agenda going forward, based on mutual trust, respect and shared understanding.
We should recall that this 2020, Nigeria’s sociopolitical and economic life are negatively impacted by the ravaging effect of Covid-19 global pandemic, the impact of the recently suspended EndSARS campaign, the many security challenges, the country is trying to contain with etc. These have joined hands to demand for reshaping and resetting of Nigeria going forward. The development is already affecting the political, economic and social dynamics of Nigeria and may impact heavily to the direction and outcome of the 2023 General Elections. As Ndigbo, we cannot afford to be averse to this inevitable reality. Indeed, considering our current and determined quest for a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction, we should use this opportunity to show strong leadership in reshaping and resetting the nation and in removing all obstacles and unjust structures that enthrone injustice, inequity, lopsidedness and maladministration in Nigeria. This is the time our voice and demand for restructuring Nigeria and networking for our Presidential aspiration should be loudest.
In appreciating the current challenges enumerated above and the urgency for Ndigbo to equally reset and exploit the opportunities therein, the 6th World Igbo Summit, is being organized to harvest ideas and options going forward.
The Summit is to be declared open by the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Nnia Nwodo while the former Governor of old Abia State and current Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onuh will deliver the Summit Keynote address. The 6th World Igbo Summit shall have in attendance great sons and daughters of Ala-Igbo in the seven Igbo speaking states, Ndigbo in all parts of Nigeria and those in the Diaspora. It shall draw participation from Igbo leadership in Government, Politics, business, organized sector, captains of Industry, youths and women groups. Representatives of other Social Cultural groups such as PANDEF, Afenifere, World Yoruba Summit Group, Middlebelt Forum, Arewa Consultative Forum etc. shall attend and deliver goodwill messages.
The World Igbo Summit established by the World Igbo Summit Group and the Igbo Renaissance Centre (Gregory University Uturu), has since 2015 become a platform for idea generation and intellectual discuss on the way forward for Ndigbo and for building elite consensus for reengineering the Igbo nation on the part of organized growth and development. It has become a platform for continuous dialogue aimed at re-strategizing, planning and developing a roadmap in all sectors and monitoring the Igbo growth and development. Our concept is hinged on cooperation, collaboration and networking of all Igbo interest groups, organizations, institutions within and outside ala-Igbo, our diaspora communities and other individuals and groups. It is not a platform for pursuing personal interests, but as a self-help mechanism for Ndigbo moving forward, leveraging on our numerous positives and God-given abilities, intellects, experiences and exposures of Igbo sons and daughters, to recreate and recondition our environment.
On behalf of the organizers of the Summit, may I use this medium to inform all great Igbo sons and daughters who may have not been directly invited to this meeting to avail themselves of this opportunity to participate and contribute to resetting of Ala-Igbo and Nigeria.
I thank you my good friends and members of the fourth estate of the realm for this opportunity. May God bless Nigeria.
Dr. Ifedi Okwenna
Director General, World Igbo Summit.