Sequel to a statement that has gone viral on the new and traditional media, credited to the leader of a parallel Ohanaeze group, Okechukwu Isiguzuro,
the apex socio-cultural Igbo organisation has angrily reacted to the said statement.
Isiguzoro had been alleged to have threatened that if the detained IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, was not released this year, there would be no elections in the South-East geo-political zone of Nigeria, come 2023.
To put matters straight, the Ohanaeze President-General, Prof. George Obiozor, in Owerri, the Imo State capital yesterday, told newsmen that the statement did not emanate from him nor the Ohanaeze National Publicity Secretary, Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia.
The Ohaneze Ndigbo leader, therefore, dismissed the statement making the rounds that there would be no election in the South-East in 2023 if the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu was not released from detention.
The Ohanaeze President-General, Prof. George Obiozor told newsmen, in Owerri, that the statement was baseless.
He said that such a statement did not come from him and as such should be completely disregarded because it is coming from the fake and dissident group that has no address.
The President-General of the organisation said, “Igbos have not decided on anything like that and Ohaneze Ndigbo will only speak when they hear my voice or Alex Ogbonna. Isiguzoro group is a fake group, who are claiming to be Ohaneze Ndigbo.”
Prof. Obiozor maintained that the said group had no locus standi to talk about such issues concerning Igbos and was looking for cheap attention.
The apex Igbo leader expressed regret that such a statement could tarnish the image and destiny of Igbos, adding that no sensible Igbo man could make such a statement.
He further said that Nnamdi Kanu’s release “is a different business being pursued cordially and according to the rules and regulations”, assuring that “it is working out well”.