Rt. Hon. Funkekeme Solomon in a group photograph with the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo during the latter’s visit to the Office of the Senior political Adviser.
The leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Delta state has been advised to put its house in order and create harmony within the group.
The Senior Political Adviser to the Governor of Delta State, Rt. Hon. Funkekeme Solomon gave the advice on Monday, February 24, 2020 when he received in audience the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Delta Central and South Senatorial Districts in the conference room of his office.
Rt. Hon. Solomon told the group led by Chief (Amb) Michael Ezeh (JP) that the desire of the government of Delta state is to ensure the establishment of a united Ohanaeze Ndigbo and not to create factions.
The Senior Political Adviser spoke against the backdrop of an address read on behalf of the visitors by the General Secretary, Chief (Barr) Oliver Eze, who called attention to “some shameless individuals who falsely paid a courtesy call on the Senior Political Adviser and through an online publication allegedly castigated Ohanaeze’s leadership.
The Senior Political Adviser acknowledged that there are issues within the group and that government desires to ensure a united Ohanaeze in the state. “We received a group that visited.
Our aim is to ensure a united Ohanaeze. It is not to create factions. A committee has been set up to investigate the issues, so that we can know the right status of Ohanaeze Ndigho. We need to establish the relationship between Ohanaeze Ndighbo and the Non-Indigenes Association and Igbo Political Union,” he said.
Solomon said it was wrong for the Chief Michael Ezeh group to have written a letter to the state government bypassing the office of the Senior Political Adviser, which is the office that handles matters affecting non-indigenes. “Try to follow the right channel of communication. I want to assure you that we mean well for all the groups. Our aim is to create harmony not disharmony,” he said.
Rt. Hon. Solomon continued: “I appeal to Ohanaeze Ndigbo that in no time the committee investigating the issues will be done. But it is your duty to deal with issues of dissatisfaction within your group.”
On the point of receiving the group that was granted audience, the Senior Political Adviser said people have right to raise issues and to ask for attention, and that this right cannot be abridged.
He said: “I appeal to Ohanaeze Ndigbo to deal directly with the office of the Senior Political Adviser for collaboration between the group and the State government. This office is open, and the official office to deal with non-indigenes. Go back, put your home in order, and create harmony in Ohanaeze Ndigbo.”
He then thanked the group for their visit, assuring them of the co-operation of his office.
Earlier, the group in their address had decried what it called “the pendulum of baseless and hate petitions that has lately been swinging too far.” saying that “we owe it as a duty to the state and ourselves not to allow the greed and wicked agenda of a group without conscience to destroy the peace and unity that we fought very hard to achieve.”
The group passed a vote of confidence on Chief Michael N. Ezeh (JP) and his executives for their wonderful performance in leading the group.