Ohanaeze ndi igbo, the Apex Igbo Cultural Organization said that political structures and zonal inhibitions should not be an impediment to unity.
The group stated this as part of its release for the forthcoming general meeting which will be held in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital, preparatory to the commemoration of this year’s world igbo day.
In a communiqué issued at the end of a stakeholders meeting, the organization called for restructuring of the political institution of kindred hood. Ohaneze reiterated that the exsting composition of the States and geo-political zones are created for what it refers to as “administrative convenience, which for them cannot affirm our igboness”
The communiqué was signed on behalf of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo by the Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro; Chairman, National Organising Committee, Prof Obasi Igwe; Prof Thomas Ellah of Yale University in the United States; and Prof Elechi Chinda-Wonye of the University of Singapore, among others.
The communiqué reads , “The hosting of the 2023 Igbo Day in Port Harcourt, Rivers State is a symbolic act of brotherhood and peaceful co-existence. The theme ‘Do not leave your brother/sister’ says it all.
“Indeed, it is a reunion between Ndigbo from all over the world and their Igbo-speaking kindred in Rivers State. We affirm that political structures, such as states and geo-political zones, are merely for administrative convenience and cannot deter our Igboness.”
The Ohanaeze ndi igbo was formed to protect and defend the interests of all igbos both at home and in the Diaspora.
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