REFORMING OHANEZE NDI IGBO.
Ohaneze is all eze but no oha. From the sequence of the name, you’ll think that it is mostly oha. You are dead wrong. Ohaneze is an elitist organization without foot soldiers. Biafra worked until its demise because General Odimegwu Ojukwu used the masses effectively.
There were several fronts created to mobilize the masses such as the Traders’ Front headed by F.F.B.C. Nwankwo and the Farmers’ Front headed by Israel Nwaeri. These fronts canvassed the entire nooks and crannies of Biafra mobilizing support for the Biafran project.
How many ogili sellers are in Ohaneze, how many bicycle repairers, how many shoemakers? Reorganizing and revitalizing Ohaneze to include all segments of Igbo society is necessary. Most of the former Ohaneze leaders were seeking personal enrichment and fame and had no interest in advancing the Igbo cause.
There are Igbo Nationalists who are holding back, that must be sought by Ohaneze and offered positions of influence in the Igbo project. The leaders of the various Biafran Fronts were not elected at a general election, but they delivered beyond expectations, given their meager resources.
Are the ezes listening? The oha is waiting for inclusion in Ohaneze.