Did Ohanaeze’s Leader Refer to Yorubas as Political Rascals? Details Emerge
- The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has cleared the air on the alleged comment of Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu on the Yoruba people
- According to the Igbo socio-cultural group, the comment of Chief Iwuanyanwu was twisted and misconstrued
- The national publicity secretary of the group, Alex Ogbonnia, said there is no rift between the Yorubas and Igbos
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Enugu, Enugu - The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has debunked reports that one of its leaders, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, referred to the Yorubas as political rascals.
As reported by Premium Times, the Igbo socio-cultural group said the reports had no ounce of truth, and it was false and concocted to inflict ethnic bad blood and imbalance in Nigeria.
The development was made known on Sunday, March 26, via a statement issued by the national publicity secretary of the group, Alex Ogbonnia.
It had earlier been alleged that Iwuanyanwu, during a public event in Anambra, uttered the statement that drew many political critics' attention.
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However, Ogbonnia said Iwuanyanwu's comment only addressed the fact that there is no rift between the Igbos and Yorubas in Lagos as speculated by people.
“I want to tell those in Lagos to realise that there is no war between us and the Yorubas.
“..Those who attacked Ndigbo in Lagos recently are rascals who should be arrested”
Iwuanyanwu was misconstrued by mischief makers - Ohanaeze
He stated that the comment of the Igbo stalwart was only twisted and misconstrued by mischief makers.
“This has mischievously been twisted to imply that ‘Yoruba people are political rascals and that we will fight them’. This is quite from the insidious minds of those who wish to create a rift between the Igbo and the Yoruba ethnicities."
Tinubu's govt: Ohanaeze picks APC governor for senate presidency slot
In another development, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has drummed support for Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state to become Senate President.
On Sunday, March 12, the apex southeast group stated that Umahi's emergence as the Senate boss would mean equity and fairness to the Igbos.
Also, a social affairs analyst, Cham Faliya Sharon, has called for the position of the speaker of the House of Reps to be given to Deputy Speaker Ahmed Idris Wase.
Senate Presidency: Ohanaeze Ndigbo denies endorsing Dave Umahi
Meanwhile, reports suggesting that Ohanaeze Ndigbo endorsed Ebonyi's governor, Dave Umahi, as the Senate President is false.
The socio-cultural group said the individual who sent a statement endorsing Umahi to media houses is not its member.