By Nonye Juliet Ekwenugo, Kaduna
The apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has cautioned against the vilification of Igbo political leaders.
It said “campaigns of calumny or casting aspersions on Igbo presidential hopefuls will not be condoned especially when it comes from another Igbo for the sole purpose of advancing the ambitions of a Yoruba Presidency”.
In a statement signed by its Secretary-General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro released on Friday, Ohanaeze reacted to what it described as verbal diarrhea and vituperative predispositions of Joe Igbokwe against the Minister of transport, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
” Igbokwe’s unprovoked onslaught aimed at the Minister of Transport should be investigated as it’s organized rogue operations of political Musketeers, as its defamatory, calumnious and slanderous”.
“For the records, Chibuike Amaechi is a registered member of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in the Rivers state chapter since the year 2000, as well as a bonafide member of ime obi( the apex decision making organ in Ohanaeze) based on his position as former Governor and current minister from Ikwerre, Igbo speaking area of Rivers State since 2015”.
“This is our verdict, Chibuike Amaechi is a bonafide Igbo man, and there is no reason why anyone would incite crisis just for cheap political goals.
“The issue raised on abandoned properties in Rivers state after Biafra war is a hoax and diversionary, as based on the facts before us, there is no record of any Ikwerre man or woman that benefited from the obnoxious policy and nobody should blackmail an Ikwerre with the abandoned property saga”.
Ohanaeze also commiserate with the Victims of Kaduna-Abuja train attack, adding that the politicized attacks on the train should be discouraged.