2019 IGBO NATIONAL SUMMIT – HOUSTON

2019 IGBO NATIONAL SUMMIT – HOUSTON

Keynote Address
PROF. UZODINMA NWALA
President
Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF).

DEVELOPMENT, PEACE, SECURITY AND SURVIVAL OF ALAIGBO AND HER
NEIGHBORS!

Mr. Chairman, Dear brothers and Sisters,
Warm greetings from all of us in our home land!

The World Igbo Congress (WIC) Annual Convention has become an Annual Pilgrimage for Ndigbo, a period of sober glance at the progression of our collective match to Self-determination, Freedom and National Rebirth.

But the 2019 WIC Annual Convention this year is one with a difference. It is taking place under a very grim period, worse than and much more difficult to handle than what we faced during the war of 1967-70. We face the worst threat of total annihilation in our home land. It is no longer just a threat; it is fully in operation. I mean the process of total conquest, wiping out our civilization and our faith is now on- going.

This danger necessitated the urgency of the 2019 IGBO NATIONAL SUMMIT, whose first leg took place in Owerri on August 22nd, 2019. The second leg is taking place during this current WIC Annual Convention and it is envisaged that an European Wing shall take place in the next few months.
Back home, our people have demanded that the Summit should take place in all our State Capitals in order to bring its message to the grass-root.

But what is the message of the 2019 IGBO NATIONAL SUMMIT?
• It is simply a wake-up call for our people to rise up and defend themselves, their land, their women and children, their means of survival and their civilization.
• It is a message that we can defend ourselves and that we must rise up and defend ourselves.
• We must rely on our faith in our God and our ancestors! That heaven helps those who help themselves.
• That Alaigbo has never been conquered. That our history is replete with glorious historical acts of great defiance against foreign invaders.
– That our women did it in 1929 against colonial invasion.
– That our brothers who were taken to West Indies as slaves organized themselves, defeated the Mighty Army of Napoleon Bonaparte and set up the first black Republic in modern history – The REPUBLIC OF HAITTI!
• Above all the message is not an empty declaration but one to be backed up by concrete actions!

What is the special message for the Houston Summit!
• It is a special wake-up call to our brothers and sisters living in the Igbo Diaspora as well as our friends to appreciate the dangers we face and our individual and collective role at this critical period.
• Our situation in Nigeria today is similar to the situation of the Jews in Europe. But it was the Jews in the Diaspora who played a decisive role in galvanizing diplomatic and all necessary material and moral resources that made possible the survival of the nation of Israel, the home land of the Jews.
• We believe that our brothers and sisters living in the Igbo Diaspora can rise up to the occasion and do the same for the survival of our people.
• The coming together of the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), Association of Igbo Town Unions (ASETU), World Igbo Congress (WIC), the Christian Association of Nigeria. South-East and other Pan-Igbo and Pro-Biafra organizations including women and youth organizations is very timely It is a crucial historical synergy we must harness for the benefit of our people.
• In this period of great synergy we must endeavor to bring all genuine Pan-Igbo and Pro-Biafra organizations together. As such we must condemn the proscription and declaration of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) organization.
• We should call on our people to rise to urge our Governors and Ohanaeze Ndigbo to join in this task of restoring the legality of the IPOB as a legitimate Self-determination organisations. Certainly, we should at the same time urge all organization to observe a good measure of respect for our culture and our institutions including our elders, while we at the same time urge all those who hold political power in the name of our people to put our people first in all they do.
In convoking the 2019 IGBO NATIONAL SUMMIT, the conveners noted that
Since the 2019 General Elections in Nigeria, insecurity has deteriorated across the Country caused by the provocative attacks, insidious decapitations of the populace, in and outside their indigenous rural communities, multiple killings, mutilations, rape, willful destruction of farmlands and humiliating desecration of Churches and Traditional Shrines by ravaging Terrorist Fulani Herdsmen.

A frontline Research and Human Rights Organization- the Inter-society, has reported that the Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen are in violent control of over 139 Communities, villages and areas in Alaigbo. The other day the The Myetti Allah Fulani organization said they were inspecting 14 of their settlements in Enugu state.

This emerging scenario has caught the attention of both local and foreign media as well as the entire International Community.

The failure of the Federal Government of Nigeria and all her Security Agencies to decisively deal with the situation and protect the helpless citizens has compelled other Nationalities in the South-west, the South-South and the Middle-Belt regions to summon broad-based Summits to appraise the various forms of insecurity which they face like ourselves, and to consider practical steps to address the present challenges to peace and security in their regions.

Consequently, and in the light of the courageous steps being taken by our neighbors in other parts of the Federation, their citizens and governments have become more inspired to take adequate measures to protect themselves and their territory.
Against this background and in the face of mounting pressures from our People at home and in the Diaspora, Igbo National Global Summit on Peace, Security and Development of Alaigbo and as it affects our neighbors is being urgently convoked to address issues of our collective Security and Survival as a People.

At the Owerri Summit, the participants reviewed he state of anarchy in the Federal Republic of Nigeria as it is today and declared
i. That the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as it exists today, is a phantom political state which has lost all the basic principles of rule of law, justice, equity and humane values; and hence anarchy now prevails in all spheres of the society.

ii. That the Republic has been seized by one ethnic nationality, namely, the minority Fulani who do not hide their intentions to wipe out the indigenous populations and their religions and turn the territory into an Islamic State, as has been arrogantly stated by the Fulani Nationality Movement (FUNAM). Following the gruesome mass killings of the helpless citizens of Plateau by the Fulani, where some non-Fulani civilians according to FUNAM ‘were justifiable hacked down’. FUNAM issued a Statement in which they declared : –

We have said it over and over, that Nigeria is the only inheritance we have in Africa and anywhere in the world. This land belongs to us, from Sokoto to the banks of the Atlantic Ocean. This was the destiny bestowed on Uthman Dan Fodio which would have been fulfilled since 1816 if not for the obstruction of this great assignment by the British. It is no longer time to play the ostrich. Our men are waiting. We are eager to fight. We are boiling with the zeal to actualize our dream; enough of double dealing and ambivalence by FULANI political leaders who unfortunately think the FULANI can only take back what belongs to us through appeasement and elections destined to reflect cultural values antithetical to the preaching of Uthman Dan Fodio.

iii. The participants in the Summit noted that this declaration is no longer a statement of intentions. The Fulani have fully embarked on their fulfillment. In pursuit of this goal, they have systematically, under their leader General Mohammadu Buhari, seized all the apparatuses of the state – the Executive, the Legislative, the Judiciary, the Military and all the Security Forces, the Bureaucracy, the Economy, all machinery of Government including the so-called Independent Electoral Commission, (INEC), the Educational Institutions, all parastatals of the state.

In the light of all these, we should underscore the pivotal importance of Igbos in the Diaspora to participate in this historic 2019 Igbo National Summit. As such a two-phased Summit was planned – a Home-based and a Diaspora-based Summit – to enable the Igbo living in the Diaspora make their decisive input on issues and decisions pertaining to the survival of their Homeland. The Single Agenda Theme of the Home and Diaspora Summit is DEVELOPMENT, PEACE AND SECURITY AND SURVIVAL OF NDIGBO AND THEIR NEIGHBORS.

We have received message from our people in Europe that they want to organize the European wing of the Summit. At home, it has been urged that we should hold it in every state capital in the Igbo-Speaking states.

It is to be noted that the Summit is not envisaged to be a mere conference or a talk shop. Of course. we should review the critical situation in our homeland. But what is most important is that we decide on what is to be done, agree on the role of each and every-one of us and patriotically and practically make our contributions in all possible ways to save ALAIGBO and the entire BIAFRA Territory, our HOMELAND!

Thank you,

PROF. UZODINMA NWALA
ADF PRESIDENT
Houston, USA.
August 31, 2019

COMMUNIQUE OF THE  2019 IGBO NATIONAL SUMMIT ON THE PEACE, SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENT OF  ALAIGBO AND HER NEIGHBOURS.

COMMUNIQUE OF THE 2019 IGBO NATIONAL SUMMIT ON THE PEACE, SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENT OF ALAIGBO AND HER NEIGHBOURS.

The first-ever IGBO NATIONAL SUMMIT was convened today, August 22nd
2019 by key frontline Igbo organizations and major stakeholders with representatives of her Neighbors in attendance to examine the grave state of insecurity in our region, under the banner Peace, Security and Development of Alaigbo and Her Neighbors. The event was presided over by His Royal Majesty, Igwe Amb. Lawrence Agubuzu, Chairman, Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers. He was assisted by His Lordship, Bishop Obi Udezue Onubogu, Overseer, Rock Cathedral, Enugu.

After an exhaustive of key nte addresses by the conveners as well major presentations on the state and challenges of insecurity that have gravely affected the peace and development of Alaigbo and her neighbors, the participants noted as follows –

i.That the Territory known as the Federal Republic of Nigeria was initially created by the British colonial authority mainly to advance her colonial interests.

ii.That since the amalgamation of the territory consisting of several major and smaller nationalities in 1914, the region has known no stability, but rather has witnessed incessant crises resulting in the Biafra war of 1967. That war saw the worst state of pogrom in which over 3 million people mainly Igbo citizens were brutally killed and the territory devastated. That the end of the war left Alaigbo and her neighbors in ruins with no efforts since then to rebuild the region.

iii.That the endemic instability in the Federation has been due to an inherent incompatibility of values between the dominant religions, traditions and cultures of its indigenous ethnic nationalities. But this has been made worse by the deliberate act of manipulation by the British colonial authorities who, through manipulation of the Federal structure and census, left power in the hands of the Fulani minority.

iv. What is more, political stability is anchored on the fundamental principles of democracy, rule of law and equity. Unfortunately, the Fulani minority does not understand, let alone believe in these basic norms of co-existence among peoples. This truth has been brazenly asserted by the Fulani National Movement (FUNAM) when, in a recent statement in which they declared their resolve to fully conquer the rest of the Federation, FUNAM referred to what it called “irresponsible Western notion of democracy”, which it said the British imposed in Nigeria in order to undermine their territorial ambition.

v.The participants noted that the Federal Republic of Nigeria as it exists today is a phantom political state which has lost all the basic principles of rule of law, justice, equity and humane values; anarchy now prevails in all spheres of the society.

vi.The Republic has been seized by one ethnic nationality, namely, the minority Fulani who do not hide their intentions to wipe out the indigenous populations and their religions and turn the territory into an Islamic State.as has been arrogantly stated by the Fulani Nationality Movement (FUNAM). Following the mass killings of the helpless citizens of Plateau by the Fulani, where some non-Fulani civilians according to FUNAM ‘were justifiable hacked down’. In their statement following this gruesome massacre, FUNAM declared: –

We have said it over and over, that Nigeria is the only inheritance we have in Africa and anywhere in the world. This land belongs to us, from Sokoto to the banks of the Atlantic Ocean. This was the destiny bestowed on Uthman Dan Fodio which would have been fulfilled since 1816 if not for the obstruction of this great assignment by the British. It is no longer time to play the ostrich. Our men are waiting. We are eager to fight. We are boiling with the zeal to actualize our dream; enough of double dealing and ambivalence by FULANI political leaders who unfortunately think the FULANI can only take back what belongs to us through appeasement and elections destined to reflect cultural values antithetical to the preaching of Uthman Dan Fodio.

vii.Indeed, this declaration is no longer a statement of intentions. The Fulani have fully embarked on their fulfillment. In pursuit of this goal, they have systematically, under their leader General Mohammadu Buhari, seized all the apparatuses of the state – the Executive, the Legislative, the Judiciary, the Military and all the Security Forces, the Bureaucracy, the Economy, all machinery of Government including the so-called Independent Electoral Commission, (INEC), the Educational Institutions, all parastatals of the state.

viii.The participants noted that as of today, the following is the composition of the key Executive, Legislative. Judiciary, Administrative and Security organs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria:-

 

  • President of the Federal Republic … North
  • Senate President … North
  • Chief Justice of Nigeria…..… North
  • President Court of Appeal … North
  • CJ Federal High Court …… North
  • Inspector-General of Police (IG)           North
  • DG of Department of State Security …… North
  • DG NIA ……… North
  • CG NSCDC…… North
  • Minister of Defense …… North
  • Intelligence Agency North
  • Minister Finance ……                                  North
  • Minister Petroleum …… North
  • Minister of Aviation …… North
  • Chief of Air Staff …… North
  • Chief of Army Staff ….… North
  • CG Customs …… North
  • CG Immigration …… North
  • CG Prisons ….… North
  • GMD NNPC …… North
  • Chairman Code of conduct Bureau North
  • Chairman CCT …… North
  • Chairman EFCC …… North
  • Director of NFIU …… North
  • Chairman INEC …… North
  • Population Chairman …… North
  • DG/CEO Nat’l Identity …… North, etc, etc.

All these Officials are not only Northerners, but 95% Fulani Muslims.

 

ix       The participants recalled the catalogue of pogroms and genocide serially inflicted on Ndigbo and the Peoples of Eastern Nigeria which have long threatened our collective survival and existential reality as a People in their economic sojourn across the Country and their violent displacement from their places of abode denying them a sense of belonging in the polity in the face of Government acquiescence and non-payment of compensation as outlined below, the consequent decimation of our growth as a People and our Youth and future generations and our treatment as a conquered People by successive Governments:

 

* Katsina Railway riot 1937.

*Jos Northern Nigeria 1945. *Northern Nigeria 1953.

*1966 Pogroms Northern Nigeria

*Biafran War 1967-70

*Mubi January

*May 1967 Northern Nigeria

*Asaba 1968

*Benin 1968

*Sapele 1968

*Warri 1968

*Agbor 1968

*Kano 1980

*Maiduguri 1982

*Funtua 1993

*Kano 1994

*Beheading of Gideon *Akaluka Kano 1995

*Kaduna 2000

*Kaduna 2001

Maiduguri 2001

*Jos 2001

*Jimeta 1984

*Gombe 1985

*Zaria 1987

*Kano 1991

Kaduna 1991

*Kafanchan 1991

*Bauchi 1991

*Katsina 1991

*Zangon-Kataf 1992

 

*Kaduna 2002

*Jos 2008

Christmas eve riot

*Jos 2010

*Madalla Christmas day bombing 2011Kano

*Post-April 2011 Presidential Election: 10 Youth-Corpers & several Citizens murdered because a Christian Southerner was elected President against a Moslem Northerner.

Nimbo, Enugu   massacre   2016

*Awgu Enugu in 2016

*Abia 2016

*Aba & Afara Ukwu 2017 Operation Python Dance, and the list goes on …………

 

  1. Given the daunting and unabated militarization of our Homeland by extortionist Police and Military Agents of State, the senseless and conscienceless killing of our Clergy, the condescending sacking of our Churches, Villages and Rural Communities, the routine rape of our Women, Mothers Wives and Daughters, the willful destruction of farmlands and humiliating desecration of our sacred Traditional Grooves, Shrines and Deities by ravaging Terrorist Fulani Headsmen, the  immolate destruction of our lives and property, and the wanton implementation of the  obnoxious RUGA policy despite widespread Citizen resistance,.

In the light of the above, the participants resolved as follows:-

  1. Against this background of worrisome escalating insecurity, fear and horror in our Homeland, threats to our continued existence as a people more so in the face of mounting pressure of occupation by alien terrorist Muslim Fulani Herdsmen, we hereby declare that our people are no longer willing to live a life of meaningless existence in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

 

  1. And, therefore, we urge for a renegotiation of the basis of our co-existence with our Neighbors. We do not wish to live in the Federal Republic of Nigeria as slaves but desire to co-exist with other regions if Alaigbo (and her willing neighbors) are recognized as AUTONOMOUS REGION, with the right to full control of our territory, our resources, our Executive, legislative, Diplomatic and Administrative institutions, as well as our judiciary, economic and social resources. etc.

 

  • Consequently, we are compelled to call for a plebiscite to secure our God-given Homeland, propelled by our collective will to self-determination, to embrace a sustainable future of peace, Security and development for Ourselves and our Children yet unborn.

 

  1. Wherein we urge all Pan-Igbo Organizations, including the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), Association of South-East Town Unions (ASETU), World Igbo Congress (WIC). concerned Christian Clergy and Representative Organizations, particularly the Christian Association of Nigeria South-East (CAN-SE),  from our contiguous Neighbors including the Coalition of all Pro-Biafra Groups, and the vindictively proscribed nonviolent Organization, IPOB, to collectively work in political synergy for our collective aspiration for self-determination, to ensure our survival and lead the pursuit of the realization of our collective security, destiny and development as a free, prosperous peace loving People bound together by the principles of Self-determination and freedom

 

  1. We call for a formal coalition of people-based organizations – ADF, ASETU, CAN-SE, WIC, Traditional Rulers Councils, Prof-Biafra Groups (IPOB in particular),Trade Union organizations, Human Research Organizations, Media organizations, Women organizations, Youth and Students Organizations, other religious groups, ex-Service men,  to remain together and continue working for the benefit of our people,

 

  1. We urge for unity of purpose and regular consultations and collaboration between these bodies and the Governments of our region including the socio-cultural organization in Alaigbo, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo

 

  • We finally urge the Governors and States House of Assembly to take immediate steps to pass the Anti-Open Grazing Law for the control of the movement of Cattle and other animals in order to protect our farmers and avert the imminent starvation knocking at our doors as farmers are afraid to go to their farms because of the incessant brutal attacks and killings as well as rape of their women and daughters by the Fulani terrorist Herdsmen.

 

  • The Governors of the South-Eat should be reminded that they do not need the approval of the President to ban the movement of cattle by foot in the South-East. Even in the absence of Anti-Open Grazing Law, the people and government of Alaigbo can draw their authority to ban the free movement of cattle in the region either from the traditional Igbo customary law or the 2nd Schedule (Concurrent  List) of the existing Constitution, particularly items 18 and 20, and the Fourth Schedule (Functions of LGC) items 1 and 2,

 

  1. We call on the State Governments and the various Communities to ensure that Community vigilantes are effectively in place, All patriotic citizens should support the Government and the vigilantes with adequate funds and protective gargets.

 

  1. We call on our youths and all Pan-Igbo and Pro-Biafra organizations to mobilize their members to enforce security in their various communities.

 

  1. We urge our women to remember that they were responsible for hastening the demise of colonial rule whose citadel they assaulted in 1929, the first such incident in the history of global colonialism,

 

  • We urge the authorities of the Federal Government of Nigeria to lift the siege on our territory by withdrawing all the invading forces and dismantling all extortionist checkpoints

 

  • Finally, we urge all Governors in Alaigbo, Senators, Hose of Reps, and Speakers of the House of Assembly to please consider matters in this communique as expedient and dealt with urgently.
  • Whereupon we call on Almighty God to strengthen our Resolve on this day being Thursday 22nd August 2019 at Owerri. Imo State, Nigeria

 

LIST OF SIGNATORIES AND ORGANIZATIONS.

NAME ORGANISATION
1.    PROF T UZODINMA NWALA ALAIGBO DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION (ADF)
2.    PROF UKACHUKWU AWUZIE CHAIRMAN, ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
3.    CHIEF EMEKA DIWE ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH-EAST TOWN UNIONS (ASETU)
4.    BISHOP GODDY OKAFOR CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (CAN-SE)
5.    BAR ADA EGBUFOR WORLD IGBO CONGRESS (WIC)
6.    PROF, ELOCHUKWU AMUCHEAZI IGBO LEADERS OF THOUGHT (ILT)
7.    BAR EMEKA UMEAGBALASI INTER-SOCIETY FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES & RULE OF LAW
8.    MRS MARIA OKWO IGBO WOMEN ASSEMBLY (IWA)
9.    BAR ALLOY EJIMAKOR ATTORNEY TO THE PRO-BIAFRA ORG.
10.OKEY ORJI COALITION OF PRO-BIAFRA ORGS.
11.BAR CASMIR NWAFOR Rtd. Captain EX-SERVICE MEN OF NIGERIA
12.PROF N P. OKOLI OFOR BUIKE INTELLECTUAL UNION BENIN CITY
13.CHIEF SAM AWUIAKA IGBO COMMUNITY UNION EDO STATE
14. SIR CHUKS OGBONNA IMO COMMUNITY EUROPE
15.MS CHINWE EBOH IGBO GLIBAL AALIANCE AUSTRALIA
16.  ASUZU CHINEDU PETERS BVI CHANNEL 1
17.ANAENUGWU NDUBISI VINCENT PEOPLES RESTORATION MOVEMENT
18.MR BENEDICT OKORO OCHIE IGBO CULTURAL FOUNDATION
19.PROF NATH ANIEKWU RAPPORTEUR
20.DR. ONYI GBUJIE RAPPORTEUR
21.HON, GIDEON ADIKWURU RAPPORTEUR
22.CHIEF MONDAY IKOKU RAPPORTEUR