ReconstructingWIC Big Ideas, Big Actions, family and rule of law
What they are saying about Akubueze • “BRAVO! GENERAL AKUBUEZE.” Prof ChidiOnyenekwu, New Orleans • “Let me re-echo the sentiments of all who has given their blessing to Mr. Akubueze's candidacy. I have known Colins for some twenty years and I know of very few in this land who is as selflessly committed to the Igbo cause as he is. There are a lot of people who can chronicle the problems that destroyed WIC but how many of them actually did something to prevent it? How many spoke out against it when it really mattered? How many exposed the infiltration of WIC by outside forces going back to AbubakarRimi invitation to the 2000 WIC convention in Dallas, the genesis of WIC's demise? • Colins did speak out, loud, clear, and unequivocal! Others saw this ugly handwriting on the wall but cowered to the power and influence of Nigerian politicians and their surrogates in WIC leadership. Men of goodwill timidly or naively acquiesced to the evil machinations of these men, looking the other way as the scavengers pillaged the house and then brought it down. I see some of those selfish jobbers still angling for WIC positions today. • If WIC leadership is populated by men and women of Cornelius Akubueze's stock, Igbos can rest assured that WIC will always and courageously work for the Igbo interest and nothing more. I know where this man's heart is because I have worked closely with him and have watched him passionately pursue the cause of Nd'Igbo with such dedication, modesty and faithfulness that is hard to come by in today's Igbo. He is a man after my heart and if it were up to me, I will make him the president of WIC. Good luck Colins. • Thanks,” • George Ike Ezike, NY • “Cornelius! Cornelius!! Cornelius!!! • .... And he [Cornelius is bold, straightforward, fearless, and most importantly: SINCERE] • If sincerity is criteria for the office in question: This Man: Cornelius, is the man. • Regards” Uzoma KLN, South Africa
What they are saying about Akubueze • “Zuby: • You can say that again and right on the money. • The General buakwaaakwuru and somebody you can go to war with without looking over your shoulder, gbam. O sigikwuru, ikwuru; o sigigbaba, igbaba. • On WIC, ebe o kwu ka mu kwu, period, everything considered. If we were to name who and who belong to Ikemba boys, Cornel's name would be there. No kidding! • If Cornel’s name is there among the WIC officials, I would go to sleep comfortably with the understanding that somebody I know is there to speak forcefully for Igbo interests.” • Ikewelugo, California • “Peoples' Conel, • As the Peoples' Conel, you were in the trenches fighting corruption and devising strategies for the redemption of WIC. Your honesty, steadfast quest for the TRUTH, Your Straight TALK, Your Tenacity of Purpose, Your Innovation and Creativity.... all of which qualifies you to be the WIC Recorder!!!! I acknowledge your candidacy with pure pleasure!!! I wist you of all the best Luck!!!” Prof Azubike New Orleans
What they are saying about Akubueze • “If any more of your kind is preparing to announce his or her interest, please spare us the expectation and jump right in. Over joy has not killed any Igbo yet. • For both of you in the ring so far, Conel and Emeka, May the Lord be with you for answering the call and may [His] the force be with you. • WIC may yet get a rebirth. Dr. JOS Okeke and Dr. Ken Okorie may yet be proven to be selfless statesmen for running a clean organization which refused to be bought. Under their watch. • Thank you both and the others of your type I hope are on the way • You will face stiff peripheral "opposition" from the "do-or-die" agents but you already know their noise is just, noise. • I need not say "vote for ConelAkubueze" or "Vote for EmekaUkachukwu" for those phrases reduces your profiles to the common baseline. • It will be to IGBO privilege and progress if you two and your kind, get to serve in WIC or any other such Organization.” EbubeOdunukwe, • “Conel, • There is no question that you will clinch the position that you seek to occupy. These records are outstanding! I missed your selfless contribution to the Biafra Justice Mission (BJM). You even sent me the book I needed to facilitate Mr. Shiner's case assessment. Be sure that BJM continues to exist and anytime a lawyer in the US appears on the radar, who is willing to lead our case, I would most gladly turn on my ignition. • WIC needs people like you. Good luck!” Emenike C, Europe
Reconstructing WIC: Big Ideas, Big Actions and rule of law • Permit me to present myself to you for service to the community, as your next Recorder, World Igbo Congress House of Delegates. • I have the experience and genuine commitment to serve the people. • I am a candidate of Honesty, conviction, family values and dedicated activism, standing firm for Honesty and Truth • I have a knack for unambiguous straight talk, so much so that no one is left to second guess where I stand on issues. I am as consistent as the Northern star • I believe I Cornelius Akubueze, The Big Ideas man (The Peoples Conel) stand head and shoulders above any other candidate for this position on the present Ballot than
My Pledge with Ndi Igbo: In view of the astuteness needed to pilot the affairs of Ndi Igbo through this WIC that has a new lease of life, I pledge to: • Ensure that while maintaining the rule of law, the constitutionally correct and well-articulated programs of the executive board are not unduly hampered or delayed by legislative bickering • Uphold the constitution of World Igbo Congress as approved by “we the people” and judiciously encourage and pursue any necessary amendments through laid down rules. Power belongs to the people. • Reinvigorate the World Igbo Congress House of Delegates, the grassroots and owners of World Igbo Congress for effective activist role into repositioning the battered psyche of our people, in education, creativity, opportunities, and quality of life. We can only accomplish these by working as a united front. No more “them” and “us”. • Seek pro-active inputs from the generality of Igbo people, especially those in the Diaspora regarding the best ways to get involved in the progress of our community, home and abroad. • Support the aspirations of the people as eloquently outlined under Joe Eto’s manifesto which has been in the public Domain for the past few years. • Encourage community participation and selfless service that will benefit Igbo youths at home and in Diaspora, especially the less privileged at home. • Advocate for larger voting audience in WIC election for maximum participation. • Advocate for Biafra war memorial wall in a place to be chosen by the people, and to start the process with existing Internet based wall.
See why I ask for your vote!!! • For Honesty, vote for Cornelius Akubueze • For straight talk and truth, vote for Cornelius Akubueze. • For Big ideas action, family vote for Cornelius Akubueze. • For innovation and creativity, vote for Akubueze. • For tenacity of purpose, vote Cornelius Akubueze
Lifelong Record of Community Service: The following experiences have prepared me for the office I am seeking. I was: • The Assistant Secretary and Secretary Igbo USA NJ Inc. (1997 -1999) • The Editor-in-chief and founder, Igbo Renaissance; a publication of Igbo USA that earned the organization its largest single source of revenue whenever published. 1997 - 2000 • One of the advocates, initiators and promoters of the Biafran memorial services and the recognition of the Biafran veterans’ plight by World Igbo Congress, we lead the charge from Igbo USA NJ. • Instrumental in the promotion of Biafran issues from Igbo USA NJ Inc, and onto World Igbo Congress. • A member of ISDA, advocating for security and development in Igbo land, co-championed fundraising activities that benefited WIC Igbo courses, Biafran veterans and General Ojukwu’s presidential bid through PAC activities. • Unanimously plucked by over 200 of my grassroots peers (Delegates) in WIC 2003 Nashville Convention as the first WIC-HOD Secretary. Thus the largest votes of any elective office in WIC’s history. • Chairman WIC 2004 convention New Jersey, Database committee • Founding member and Secretary of Imo State Association New Jersey. • Financial Secretary of Mbaise Association of NJ (MANJ) 1996 - 1998 • The Editor, Ikoro Magazine; a publication of Mbaise Association NJ, the pioneer of Community add journals, magazines etc in the Diaspora. 1996 - 1998
Formal Career and Education • Currently, a Technology Integration management and support Consultant at IBM USA. • Over 15 years of Career in technology spanning organizations like Johnson & Johnson, Merrill Lynch and United Stationers. • A former staff of Ikeja Telex Exchange of the Nigerian Ministry of Communications. • A brief Stint in the Nigerian Airforce, KadunnaAirforce training School before heading to US for higher Education. • New Jersey City University and New Jersey Institute of Technology - BA • Other Work related Technical training and education in Technology.
Cornelius Akubueze, legacy of intact family • Is the second son of 10 children of Mazi Ignatius and Nwada Elizabeth Akubueze. • Mazi. Akubueze has been Married to Angela Akubueze for 20 years with whom he has 4 children, 3 boys and 1 girl who reminds him daily of what a Princess she is (2 in high school and 2 in Elementary school). • Akubueze is a strong advocate of family unity.