The leadership of apex Igbo Social-Political Organization otherwise known as Ohaneze Ndigbo led by Ambassador Professor George Obiozor has dissociated itself from a certain viral press release, purportedly written and signed by the group over the re-arrest and re-arraignment of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
The organization who in totality rebutted the said publication, maintained that it had not issued any press statement on the matter, while stressing that “silence in circumstance would mean giving validity to such fallacy by the unsuspecting public”, hence the need for a refuttal.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by Ambassador Professor George Obiozor has not issued any press statement on the matter. Ohanaeze Ndigbo as the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization does not issue public statements in a hurry.”
This is contained in a disclaimer signed by Comr. Chiedozie Alex. Ogbonnia, the National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, and made available to Famousreporters.com, Wednesday’s night.
The release read in detail:
“The attention of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has been drawn to a publication currently circulating in the media suggesting that Ohanaeze Ndigbo has issued a statement regarding the alleged rearrest and re-arraingment of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPoB).
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“Ordinarily, we would have ignored the said press release, but silence in this circumstance would mean giving validity to such fallacy by the unsuspecting public.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by Ambassador Professor George Obiozor has not issued any press statement on the matter. Ohanaeze Ndigbo as the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization does not issue public statements in a hurry.
“I hereby dissociate ourselves from the said press release and also warn those mischief makers, impostors and charlatans peddling the name of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to achieve selfish gains to desist from that shameful misadventure.
“In the event of further breach of this warning Ohanaeze Ndigbo will be compelled to invoke the full weight of the law to deal with the offenders”, it stated.
It would be recalled that some online media had circulated news of the said statement purportedly issued by Ohaneze Ndigbo, which stating that the re-arrest of Nnamdi Kanu would end impending civil war in the Nigeria nation.
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The said statement read in part:
“The re-arrest of Nnamdi Kanu the leader of IPOB is the beginning of the end of violent agitations in southeastern Nigeria and a lesson to others that, deviation from the nonviolent agitations and wasting of the innocent blood of the Igbo youths contradicted what Igbos are known for, and self-determination should not be used for purposes of fortune and fame-seeking”.
Nnamdi Kanu’s refusal to adhere to the advice of Igbo leaders, Elders, and Political leaders is the outcome of what had befallen him, he made a lot of enemies especially those that would have saved him and Federal Government will never lose grip on him again.
“We don’t think that any Igbo leader will stick out his/her neck for him, his re-arrest will eventually bring peace and stability to the region and averted another civil war that was raging on.”