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Drawing attention to the recent exchange between two camps within the Naga Hoho (NH) in the local media, the Ao Senden has sought to make its stand clear on the issue at hand.
In a press note, Ao Senden president, M Toshi Jamir, and secretary, Imtipokyim, stated that in the backdrop of NH support to the state government’s recognition of Rongmei tribe as an indigenous Naga tribe of Nagaland, Senden asked NH to retract its statement, but was not done. Therefore, Senden said it had at, a meeting on September 23, 2016 decided to disassociate from NH until the latter retracted its statement.
Subsequently, Ao Senden said it asked NH president P Chuba Ozukum to relinquish his office on November 11, 2016 since he was a representative of the Aos to NH. In response to this, Senden said the NH through a press release published on November 22, 2016 “resolved not to allow” Ozukum to relinquish his post stating that “P. Chuba Ozukum’s departure from Hoho does not arise at this juncture as it would prove to be detrimental at the interest of the Nagas in general.”
Consequently, Ao Senden said Ozukum was ex-communicated from Ao community for not adhering to the call of Ao Senden. However, it said Ozukum approached Ao Senden and requested revocation of his ex-communication. Accordingly, Ao Senden said it held a meeting on November 21, 2017 and resolved to reconsider and withdraw his excommunication in the interest of Naga people.
Further, Ao Senden said that when some tribal Hohos appeared to be exerting undue influence on the NH going to the extent of trying to call meetings “usurping the functions of the president”, it had on May 25, 2018, conveyed to the NH and its speaker to call for a meeting at the earliest and in the proper procedure.
Meanwhile, Ao Senden has maintained that this statement was being made to clear the air surrounding the issue of its position on the relationship with NH “as many concerned Naga citizens have been making public statements without knowing the status of our respective positions.”
The Senden has opined that if it was not affable for only a few tribal Hohos to drive the bandwagon of NH, then it was now high time all Nagas come together on a common platform and progress in unison.