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Ohanaeze Ndigbo which is the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation in Nigeria has openly urged one of the separatist groups, the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, to avoid the issues of creating some needless division among Ndigbo ahead of the 2023 general election due to their recent verbal onslaught on the Vice Presidential candidate of the PDP, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
This is also coming on the heels of a press statement which had been issued by the MASSOB national leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu, wherein he had made it clear to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Vice Presidential candidate, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to stop claiming to be Igbo.
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However, the statement did not go down well with the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide. The Igbo youth group has now asked MASSOB to retrace its steps, noting that Okowa had never denied his Igbo identity.
In a statement signed by the Ohanaeze Youths National President, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike and the National Secretary, Comrade Obinna Achionye, they maintained that Okowa had always identified with the Ohanaeze.
“They cannot because of the attack on agitators in Delta State deny the identity of Ifeanyi Okowa. Even in our domain here in the South-East, agitators are killed too.
“That shouldn’t be a criteria to know who is Igbo or not, such a claim is baseless.
“Is MASSOB now saying that Ambassador Ralph Uwaechue is no longer Igbo?
“Apart from Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, none has supported Ohanaeze Ndigbo more than Okowa before now. Is it because he’s not making noise about it?” The group queried.
It further asked the MASSOB to emulate the IPOB on being issue-based, stressing that “they should not allow themselves to be used by political parties. This is why there is this wrong speculation that certain presidential candidates have affiliation with agitators.”
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