(By Iheanyi Ezinwo) – The Ogbakor Ikwerre Cultural Organization Worldwide, has concluded arrangements to join in the suit demanding for referendum for the Independent State of Biafra in an Abuja Court inorder to tell the world that Ikwerre is not Igbo.
This information was given by the President – General of Ogbakor Ikwerre World Wide, Prof. Emenike Wami, at the 230th Convention of the cultural organization at Orochiri (Rumukalagbor) in Port Harcourt, on Sunday, 25 September, 2022.
Prof. Wami, who noted that the Igbos who went to court demanding for referendum were free to seek for self determination, however insisted that they should not surreptitiously drag the Ikwerre ethnic nationality into the plan.
The retired professor of petro -chemical engineering at the Rivers State University and President – General of Ogbakor Ikwerre however lauded the proprietor of the proposed Wigwe University in Isiokpo, for the initiative but lamented that Obiri Ikwerre was still in deplorable condition, and difficult to access.
In his remarks at the occasion, the Mayor of Port Harcourt, Sir Allwell Ihunda, promised to rally the other three Ikwerre speaking council chairmen to provide access road to Obiri Ikwerre.
Also speaking at the event, the Governorship Candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance in Rivers State, Prince Ugo Beke, said that Ikwerre people were selling their ancestral lands because of poverty.
He further sobserved that past leaders of the state from Ikwerre have done their best but that the poverty level was still very high, just as he further noted that the flyovers in the state capital are surrounded by shanties, evidencing poor quality of life among the people.