A front line Igbo activist and the Secretary-Genaral of a factional pan Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, has disclosed that the recent media blackmail targeted at him by the Iwuanyanwu’s faction was borne out of fear of the implementation of Igbo Bishop’s report on the Ohanaeze crisis.
A statement by Isiguzoro, Monday in Abakaliki said that Ohanaeze held her election on Jan 9th, 2021 at Brown and Brown Center Enugu based on the Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s constitution articles 11, 12, and 13, with the 9-man electoral panel led by Prince Dr. Richard Ozobu and Dr. Precious Uzoma, and certificates of Return was issued as evidence of the election to the 24 newly members elected.
According to Mazi Isiguzoro, there are ready to abide by the recommendation and reports of the Conference of Igbo Bishops and Arch Bishops, adding that they are only fighting the irregularities in the system and to return Ohanaeze to Ndigbo which will be devoid of external manipulation and Governors control.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide’s attention has been drawn to the frivolous accusations and cheap blackmail targeted on Secretary General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro by those whose antecedents stinks and remained questionable in the southeast.
“They have evil intentions to hoodwink the public, especially the Presidency, with fanciful falsehood. This is the height of desperation and adult delinquencies. We urge the public to disregard statements emanating from those who are trying to give a dog a bad name to hang it.
“It is nonsensical and laughable for a faction rejected by Ndigbo to deploy unconstitutional means and resorted to blackmail just to have access to Presidency and use Ohanaeze brand name to mortgage the destiny of Igbos and future of her unborn generation.
“We urge the general public to disregard any news emanating from Iwuanyanwu until the Igbo Bishop reports on Ohanaeze crisis is fully implemented.
“Our suspicion has been reinforced that Chief Iwuanyanwu’s faction is afraid of the recommendation and reports of the conference of Igbo Bishops and Arch Bishop’s reports which will restore peace and harmony to the apex Igbo Sociocultural Organization.
“Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu received officially the Secretary of Conference of Igbo Bishops and Arch Bishops on June 1st, 2023, where Methodist Bishop of Umuahia, Bishop Chibuzo Opoko presented officially to him the Igbo Bishops recommendation and reports on Ohanaeze crisis .
“After they (the Bishops) wading into the crisis between the two factions of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, but like the proverbial leopard whose spot cannot be changed, Iwuanyanwu’s faction became unsettled and jittery, and resorted to media trials”.
“We will publish the Igbo Bishops recommendation and reports for public consumption so that Ndigbo home and diaspora will know the truth and leverage Iwuanyanwu’s faction to accept and abide by the Bishops reports on Ohanaeze crisis and stop gallivanting in the media.
“Igbos should inquire from one Alex Ogbonnia to return the funds and compensation palliative collected from Ex-Governor Wike on behalf of families of slain Biafran Agitators at Obigbo Rivers State.
“Lastly, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro is a well-known community leader and law-abiding citizen residing in Obingwa Abia State, and we will continue to work for the collective interests of Igbo and Nigeria at large”, he vowed.