The Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze, has distanced itself from the publication alleging that it invited presidential candidates of Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar; Labour Party, Peter Obi and All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, to offer them ‘special prayers’ and ‘adorn them with titles’.
The national publicity secretary of Ohanaeze, Dr Alex Ogbonnia, clarified in a release on Sunday where he denied the publication claiming ‘special prayers’ and ‘title adornment’ was billed for a scheduled 2022 Igbo Day in Abia State.
The report also claimed that the trio would be the ‘special guests at the event.
Ohanaeze said, “It is a strange political intrigue to adorn three presidential candidates or rivals ‘with special titles’ and also to offer ‘special prayers for the three presidential candidates.
“This is the height of treachery for which the Ohanaeze Ndigbo should never be associated with. The foregoing fraudulent activities by a few mischievous Igbo dissidents have been variously condemned by Igbo stakeholders.
“The worst recrudescence is the satanic bait with which some loose academics are attracted to the impostors.”
Ohanaeze in the statement further called on unsuspecting public to ignore the charlatans who misrepresent the hallowed name of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization for narrow, selfish and stomach infrastructure.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Does Not Engage In Frivolities- Ogbonnia
It added, “The three presidential candidates are hereby advised to keep a safe distance from the social climbers, tricksters, shameless impostors and mischief-makers.
“Most, unfortunately, the characters involved in the fake Igbo Day are those who are still fascinated by the unfortunate, infamous, ignoble and odious roles they played in the offices they held in the apex Igbo organization for over ten years ago.
“We once again appeal to the mischief-makers to appreciate that Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide represents the history, emotions, collectivity, spirituality, unity and strength of the Igbo nation and that the Igbo, all over the world, owe a profound emotional attachment to their apex socio-cultural organization, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide.
“It is in the best interest of the elevated Igbo minds that our sacred identity should not be desecrated on the whims, caprices and immediacies of the unrepentant blackballs.”