Igbo Councillors, Members Of Parliament, Mayors And Other UK Big Wigs Host Roundtable Conference On Fulani Herdsmen Killing Of The Igbo
On Saturday the 27th of June 2020, the Igbo Councillors & MPs UK (ICM~UK) group, hosted an International Conference on "The Fulani Herdsmen killing of Igbo people in South-Eastern Nigeria and other parts of the country".
Held via ZOOM the conference was attended by over 60 participants from all over the world including thousands more who were watching it on Live Stream over the Internet.
In attendance were several high profile UK politicians and Policymakers, ranging from past and serving Councillors, Mayors and Members of Parliament from both the House of Commons as well as the House of Lords.
They included Mayor Kate Anolue (Double Mayor of London Borough of Enfield), Mayor Ernest Ezeajughi (Mayor of the London Borough of Brent), Speaker of Tower Hamlet, Cllr Victoria Obaze, Sheriff of Nottingham, Cllr Patience Ifediora, Cllr Donatus Anyanwu, Former Mayor of Lambert, Cllr Gloria Opara, Cllr Favour Ifeyinwa Ezeifedi, Cllr Lady Caroline Kalu, Cllr Victor Eni, former Mayor of Borehamwood and Elstree, Hon Endy Ezenwata, Lady Aqueen Ibeto, Deputy President, Ohaneze Ndi Igbo UK, Mazi Obi Okoli ( Director, Congress of Igbo Leaders UK), Dr Eze Ugoala (Consultant Researcher of African and World politics), Dr Comfort Ero (the African Director of Program at the Crisis Group International), Engr. Humphery Chinenyeze (President of Ezinihitte Mbaise UK) and also speakers from the vibrant and largest Igbo youth group in the UK and Europe, the Igbo Cultural Support Network (ICSN).
One of the bigwigs was the Baroness Cox of Queensbury (above), a UK House of Lords Member and crossbench life peer who has sat in the House of Lords since 2nd of March 1983. She has stated her commitment to working closely with all Igbo Councillors and MPs in the UK to help create awareness and solve the security issues in Igbo land in particular and Nigeria in general.
She disclosed that as a member of the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief who just submitted an inquiry they carried out on Nigeria recently, she was well aware of the systemic genocidal killings of the Christians of Nigeria by the Boko Haram and the Fulani Herdsmen.
Hon Chief Nnia Nwodo, President General Ohaneze Ndi Igbo was the Keynote Speaker for the day and he used his speech to commend the ICM-UK group for their foresight in organising the conference, citing that this was the first time he is hearing of an Igbo political pressure group in the UK that was actually made up of real politicians of influence and declared that it couldn't have come at a better time.
Nwodo further implored all Igbo groups who are fighting the injustices and Igbo marginalisation to come together and tackle the problems from a position of oneness, strength and unity as that is what is desperately needed. He insisted that this is the only way the Igbo are going to make any progress regarding correcting the injustices being meted out to them currently.
The Ohaneze President further thanked Baroness Cox for identifying with the Igbo cause and encouraged her to be "our voice" in the UK Parliament until such a time when the people that matter actually start to do something to correct the injustices
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In conclusion, Cllr Nneka Keazor (above) who is the Coordinator-General of the ICM-UK group thanked everyone for attending and contributing to the conference and pleaded on all those who came to help spread the word alongside ICM-UK so as to create more awareness and further lobby international organisations and governments to stand against discrimination and killing of Igbo people in Nigeria.
She promised more of these conferences and that the Igbo Cllrs and MPs UK group has come to stay, and will not stop seeking for solutions in Nigeria until equity and justice are restored.