Apex Igbo Socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has berated the Chief Press Secretary to the President, Femi Adesina for granting audience to renegade and impostor Igbo groups.
His actions availed a medium for trash-talking Ohanaeze and it’s president, Prof George Obiozor.
In a press statement, signed by their spokesman, Chief Alex Chiedozie Ogbonnia, the group outlined the discrepancies, as presented by this singular act.
The statement thus reads;
The Office of the Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has been inundated with telephone calls from traditional rulers and eminent Nigerians both at home and in the Diaspora over the audience granted by Mr. Femi Adesina to some Igbo renegades and impostors who use the sacred name of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation for self gratifications.
The election of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide was held on January 10, 2021 at Dan Anyiam Statdium, Owerri, Imo State through which Ambassador Prof. George Obiozor and the current executives were duly elected. The election which was adjudged very free and credible was witnessed by the Chairmen and members of Traditional Rulers Council from Igbo Land, the South East Governors led by Engr. Dave Umahi, Members of National Assembly of Igbo extraction, the Ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from Igbo Land, the Clergy and several Igbo groups that are affiliated to Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
Although some persons went to social media to express their grievances, I am persuaded that it would have been most un-Nigerian for the aggrieved to accept their losses in good faith.
Be that as it may, President Muhammadu Buhari on January 11, 2021, sent his congratulatory message to Prof. George Obiozor. In commending the “election of Nigeria’s former Ambassador to the United States, Israel and Cyprus, the President urged the eminent diplomat and scholar to deploy his immense experience within and outside government to forge greater unity of the country.
President Buhari declared that, “given Prof. Obiozor’s rich background, especially, in international affairs and pan-Nigerian commitment, I have little doubt that his election is well-deserved and will serve not only the interest of Ndigbo, but also that of his fatherland.” He added that “we need all hands to be on deck for this country to move forward in peace and unity”.The Igbo leadership in the National Assembly have lent their supports in profound ways to the Obiozor group. Several high placed Nigerians and foreign missions have since sent congratulatory messages to the outstanding diplomat and his team.
It is therefore very inconceivable that Femi Adesina, the supposedly number one chief press officer of the federation will play host to some charlatans in red cap under the guise of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. Those who read sinister motives to the Adesina romance with the Igbo renegades posit that as the Chief Press Secretary to the President, one would expect a high degree of prudence, scrutiny and reflection in the discharge of his duties. The general impression is that Adesina, a seasoned journalist, has disingenuous ways of fanning the embers of crisis in Igbo land thereby lending credence to the stereotype of Igbo disunity.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide is led by Ambassador Professor George Obiozor, a diplomat, erudite scholar and astute administrator whose credentials and capacity to lead the Igbos are not in doubt.