Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, the apex Igbo sociocultural organization, has distanced itself from the report, claiming that Peter Obi’s presidency is not “destined” and that the Labour Party candidate truly won the presidential election on February 25.
Peter Obi’s presidency was not meant to take place in 2023, according to a report attributed to one Ambassador Tony Obizoba, who claimed to be the Director-General, Implementation and Strategic Planning, Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly Worldwide.
However, in response to the report, Ohanaeze referred to it as “most reckless, irresponsible, and mischievous” in a reply that was released on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Dr. Alex Ogbonnia.
Ohanaeze claimed that it would have ignored the publication in order to avoid honoring such “maladjusted, impish scaremongers,” but added that silence “in this situation would mean giving validity to such fallacy by the unsuspecting gullible public.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo vehemently dissociates itself from any remark that suggests that Peter Obi is not destined to rule Nigeria,” it states for the sake of clarity.
In no uncertain terms, the highest Igbo authority declared that it had “sufficient empirical records and evidence to show that Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmed won the presidential election held on Saturday, February 25, 2023.”
Ohanaeze Nidigbo is impressed, thrilled, and fascinated by the groundswell and intimidating mass movement/
Which has come to represent the awareness of the paradigm change from a consumption economy to a knowledge-based economy, according to part of the statement.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo is pleased to say that Peter Obi is a man whose record of achievements has countervailed the regrettable and despicable collapse of Nigeria’s bourgeois cash-and-carry democracy.
Thus, through the Obi phenomenon, Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora have “demonstrated a loud irrepressible and indelible landmark; an irrevocable corroboration that evil men thrive because good men go to sleep.”
Ohanaeze stated that Nigerians and world leaders would continue to celebrate Obi for over one thousand years to come.
Adding that he would be remembered as a man who with a mere force of “morals, uprightness, persuasions and goodwill has changed the political narratives of the most populous and backward African country.”
“A major issue that has plagued the Igbo for some time now is the adulteration of the communal sensibility, the Igbo sense of originality,” the statement continued.
This is one of the harsh realities of the Nigerian civil war, in which Igbo territory was occupied by Nigerian troops of various ethnic backgrounds, including mercenaries from Niger, Chad, etc.
Some Igbo women who strayed from the Igbo enclaves were beaten, debauched, and adulterated, as is common in such military operations.
Later, these women returned bearing children to give rise to monstrous hybrids.
“Some of these rabble-rousing products of adultery who, given the openness of the Igbo society, have gained access to Igbo red caps have become the mischief-makers, charlatans, social climbers and media navigators who leech on the invaluable footprints of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to issue press releases for narrow, perverse and illicit pecuniary interests.
And despite repeated reminders, these characters have forgotten that Ohanaeze stands for the Igbo totem, emotions, collective awareness, politics, and societal unity.
“Ambassador Okey Emuchay, MFR, the Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, expressed profound shock that a faceless interfering interloper like Tony Chiemelu Obizoba could be taken seriously by the media.
Of course, it is implausible that a true Igbo would use the revered name of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to make such reckless, shameless, humiliating, and demoralizing statements at a time when Nigeria’s collective ambition has acquired an unstoppable momentum.
“We would like to take this occasion to highlight the fact that the social media revolution has unintentionally produced a whole new generation of mediocre, cunning ‘journalists,’ chief among whom is investigative journalism.
Otherwise, it’s rare to find a Nigerian journalist who can’t tell the difference between spies and charlatans and those who speak for Ohanaeze.