By: Ifeanyi Okonkwo (Anambra),
The Hon. Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Anambra State, Hon. C-Don Adenub, has condemned in totality the attitude of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in fixing a meeting the same day one of the true son of Anambra, Zik is been recognized by Nigeria.
Adenuba in a press briefing with journalists on Monday 28th January, 2019, expressed this dissatisfaction with Ohanaeze Ndigbo, stating that, “it is a sabotage and a sacrilege”, while stating the position of government on their action.
According to Adenuba, “The people and Government of Anambra State are completely disheartened by the decision of some officers of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to abuse the memory of the late Zik of Africa, a worthy son of Anambra, Ndigbo and Africa.
“We consider their act not only as an act of sabotage but also as an act of sacrilege. On a day the whole country was honouring Zik, Ohanaeze Ndigo decided to fix a meeting of Imobi.
“We thought Ohanaeze Ndigbo would be leading the ceremony. The least we could expect was that they join the rest of the country to pay homage to this great son of Africa.
“We were embarrassed because we pleaded with them to change the time which they agreed but to our surprise, they still went ahead and held the meeting. This is dishonesty and bad leadership.
“Zik was the first and only patron of Ohanaeze. We thought we could engage Ohanaeze Ndigbo in a dialogue to stop it’s endorsement of any candidate because Igbo people belong to different political parties and hold important positions.
“Ohanaeze must remain a cultural organization and not a political pressure group.
“It should remain the apex and umbrella body, treating all Igbo people like sons and daughters, showing no partiality or a different level of affection for any individual or group.
“It is unfortunate that those leading this dance of shame are those who benefited from his wisdom and foresight.
“The Executive Governor of Anambra state, Chief Willie Obiano has always been consistent in stating that the least person expected to disrespect the memory of Zik, is Chief John Nwodo the President of Ohanaeze Ndigo. This is a man whom Zik elevated his father to the position of minister. What Nwodo did is a display of in-gratitude.
Adenuba, narrated in details all the love Zik showed to the family of Nwodo, emphasizing that, “It is surprising for someone from that family to lead this act of sacrilege against Igbo people. This is our grievance and I want people to be conscious about it.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo is been funded by state government. Are they expecting Obiano who is at the top leadership of APGA to abandon its own candidate? It is not realistic.
“The endorsement of Ohanaeze is of little relevance and not as important to us as what they did to deny Zik of Africa his great place in world history.
“I want to clarify the issues on ground on the rejection of the endorsement of Mr. Peter Obi as its candidate in the forth coming election. We have never in any of our press statement or interview made such declaration”.