Ohanaeze clears air on participation in Tinubu’s inauguration

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The leading Igbo sociocultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has refuted media reports that it would take full participation in Bola Tinubu’s inauguration as President on May 29, 2023.

One Okechukwu Isiguzoro had last week claimed that “Ohanaeze will participate fully in the inauguration of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu.”

He also claimed that “the Ime-Obi Ohanaeze Ndigbo has mandated that every agitation for the 2023 election should come to an end,” while stating that “Peter Obi is the candidate of the future and that nobody should pick up a fight they can’t finish, against Bola Tinubu.”

Dr. Alex Chiedozie Ogbonnia, the national publicity secretary of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, responded by calling the allegation fake and deceptive in a statement released on Tuesday in Enugu.

Ogbonna explained, “The Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo is Ambassador Okey Emuchay. The said Okechukwu Isiguzoro is a meddlesome interloper who uses the hallowed name of Ohanaeze Ndigbo for narrow interests.”

Ogbonnia further stated, “We have at various times informed the unsuspecting public to ignore the mischief makers as impostors, charlatans and media navigators who leech on the invaluable footprints of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to issue press releases for narrow, perverse and illicit pecuniary interests.

“However, since silence may be misconstrued as giving validity to such a whimsical figment of a transactional imagination, this rebuttal becomes very imperative,” he added.