By Jude Opara, Abuja
A new socio- cultural Igbo group, Ndigbo Good Governance Initiative (NGGI) has described as the right step in the right direction, the appointment of Francis Akubeze as Clerk of the House of Representatives.
This was part of a statement released at the end of its 16th General Assembly held in Abuja at the weekend.
The statement signed by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Nkem Anyata-Lafia further applauded the new members of the National Assembly Service Commission as well as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamala for the appointment.
The NGGI further observed that the leadership of the Green Chambers chose to project and promote merit over mediocrity and other narrow- minded considerations, hence the emergence of Akabueze.
“By this appointment, the leadership of the National Assembly has chosen to rewrite the history of the National Assembly, where no Igbo person in spite of their glowing contributions to the growth and development of that apex law- making institution had been so appointed.
“While noting the many laudable efforts of Speaker Gbajabiamala in turning in results when there is the greatest need to do so in a given direction, we also applaud him for intervening in the dispute between Nigerian traders in Ghana and the Ghanaian authorities and in other cases, including the recent molestation of Nigerian nationals in China over COVID 19 concerns, the xenophobic attacks in South Africa and even in the recent COVID 19 pandemic- inspired evacuation of Nigerians from different countries.”
Meanwhile, the group also used the occasion of the meeting to approve a set of objectives that members said would guide the administration and vision of the group in the years ahead.
While unveiling the objectives, National President of the body, Nonso David Ezedinma, called for total commitment to the founding ideals of the group. This, he said was, in order to realize the grand vision the group had set for itself. He also vowed that the group was ready to galvanize support for the emergence of a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction in 2023.
According to Ezedinma, all that was needed was to reach out for the buy- in and support of other sections of the country in order to achieve consensus and collaborative results.
He said that the 5- point cardinal objectives of the body will at all times act as a guiding light to their operations, administration and generally direct and point out the way to go for the group that has as its motto the tall ambition of “restoring and upholding the dignity of Ndigbo across the world”.