There is acute feeling of loss of self-conﬁdence and national pride among the Igbos, aggravated mainly by the Biafra experience and the continued peripheral status of the Igbo nation in the scheme of things in Nigeria. And this is nation that has contributed more than any other nationality in the economic and political development of Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the volatile nature of the Nigerian political environment has continued to fuel demands for the renegotiation of the basis for the co-existence of the over 350 Ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.
This call has been made by various segments and zones in the country in recent times. The Afenifere socio-cultural organization of the Yorubas, the South-South Forum, the Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly, the Arewa Consultative Forum (when her citizens are not in control of political power), the Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the highly respected organization of The Patriots, many leading stakeholders in the Nigerian project, etc; all these have persistently called for a national Conference to renegotiate the basis of the Nigerian federal Union.
As at the time of the 2014 Colloquium, Ndigbo were yet to clearly articulate what they want in the present circumstances, even though they are at the worst receiving-end in the Nigerian Federal project.
The need for the Igbos to put their house in order was strongly highlighted by the late worldrenowned African literary icon, Professor Chinua Achebe in his recent book, There was a Country, A Personal History of Biafra. With the publication of the book, there has been renewed debate world-wide on The Igbo Question in Nigeria, with acute restlessness among the Igbo population over their peripheral status in Nigeria.
While some elders in Igbo–land continue to advocate for the continued membership of the Nigerian Federation, many others particularly the younger generation think otherwise.
Under such circumstances, the need for a strategic International Forum of Igbo intelligentsia and patriots, women and youth, both at home and in the Diaspora to collectively identify the historical roots of their predicament, to deﬁne what they want in the Nigerian project and to chart a course for their future both in Nigeria and in the world, becomes very imperative and urgent too.