In a significant development within the Obinwannem Ndị Igbo Worldwide community, Echezona Udenze, hailing from Nnewi, has been removed and suspended from his position within the organization. This decision was officially announced by the director of Obinwannem Ndị Igbo Worldwide, Mazi Ùgwù Okechukwu, citing concerns related to Mr. Udenze’s alleged involvement in divisive activities.
Mazi Ùgwù Okechukwu, in his statement, explained that Echezona Udenze’s removal was a consequence of his apparent belief in ụka (separatist ideology) and his repeated attempts to disparage Obinwannem by associating it with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Okechukwu emphasized the importance of unity among the Igbo people and cautioned against making statements that could foster disunity within the community.
The removal of Echezona Udenze triggered reactions from various quarters, with Uche Ekwem, based in Libya, condemning his statements. Ekwem challenged Udenze to provide evidence of any discussions related to Biafra within the Obinwannem organization or an audio recording where he cautioned Ralph Uwazuruike, the leader of a pro-Biafra group. Ekwem asserted that every nation, including Igbo land, faces its own challenges, and he drew parallels with events in Benghazi, Libya, and other parts of the world to highlight the need for unity.
Meanwhile, Mazi Ikechukwu Agbajie, known as “ọnụ kwuru njọ g’ekwu nma”, who leads Obinwannem Ndị Abịa, welcomed Kamsochukwu Unachukwu Amobichukwu back to the community after a period of absence. Agbajie commended Mazi Ugwu Okechukwu for his prompt action in removing Echezona Udenze, underlining the significance of maintaining harmony and focus within the organization.
The removal of Echezona Udenze from Obinwannem Ndị Igbo Worldwide reflects the ongoing discussions and tensions within the Igbo community regarding various ideological and political perspectives, as the community grapples with complex issues related to its future and identity.