The Ohanaeze Ndigbo on Thursday refuted a report in some sections of the media that termed Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu’s election as the APC presidential candidate as a “national tragedy, considering the magnitude of the baggage he is loaded with.”
Dr. Alex Ogbonnia, Ohanaeze’s national press secretary, claimed in a statement that the message did not come from the organisation.
“We have no involvement in the contents, context, interpretation, or delivery of the unfounded assertion,” he claims.
“Ohanaeze read the message with concern and considers its contents to be deplorable, particularly the attacks in that statement on Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s person and health status.”
“The statement is regrettable, reckless, distracting, and morally repugnant. Mischief-makers, impostors, charlatans, and unscrupulous social climbers have shamelessly leeched on the invaluable footsteps of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to produce press releases for limited, perverse, and illegitimate monetary objectives, as we have previously indicated.
“The bane of Igbo togetherness has been such unwholesome activities by some maladjusted, mischievous scaremongers.”
Ohaneze stated that the statement’s author is not Ohaneze Ndi Igbo’s secretary general.
“The secretary general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide is H.E Amb. Okay Emuchay, not the impostor who penned the ill-informed, ill-advised statement,” Dr Ogbonnia added.
“For the avoidance of doubts, Ohanaeze has no personal issues with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to warrant the careless comments on his person, although we certainly have issues with the current political arrangement and structure that appear to be an orchestrated policy to alienate, isolate, exclude, marginalize and frustrate Ndigbo in a country that has the manifest imprints of Igbo sweat, sacrifice, ambience and transformation.”
The statement added that Ohanaeze would soon make its position on the current political situation in the country known.
Quoting the statement, “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, led by Ambassador Professor George Obiozor, is following the political development very closely with keen interests, and will make its position public at the appropriate time.”