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Ekweremadu won’t be disowned, says Ohanaeze

By Lawrence Njoku, Enugu
28 June 2022   |   2:38 am
Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, said, yesterday, that it would not disown former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, despite his ongoing travails.

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Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, said, yesterday, that it would not disown former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, despite his ongoing travails.

Ohanaeze said the organisation owes it a duty to stand with the Igbo, especially in times of difficulty, stressing that it is not in its character to make statements on issues with verifiable facts.

The group was reacting to reports that it had disowned Ekweremadu over his ordeal in the United Kingdom (UK).

The former Deputy Senate President and his wife, Beatrice, were recently arrested in the UK over alleged organ harvesting.

Reacting to the report, National Publicity Secretary, Ohanaeze, Dr. Alex Ogbonnia, said: “While Ohanaeze owes it a duty to stand with our own, especially in times of difficulty, it is not in its character to be hasty with statements over issues without sufficient facts.

“It is noteworthy that eminent Igbo patriots have, at one time or the other, pleaded with impostors and pretenders to desist from reckless and unguarded statements that portray the Igbo in a bad light using the Ohanaeze. For purpose of clarity, the President General of the Igbo organisation is Prof. George Obiozor, while the Secretary-General is Okey Emuchay.

“Among the Igbo, it is an abomination to rejoice over a brother’s misfortune. And this is where the remarks by Mr. Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), are instructive.”

Obi said: “My family and I are with the Ekweremadus over their travail. We join all men of goodwill in praying for the healing of their daughter and commit them into God’s hands for justice to be done.”

Ohanaeze salutes the Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, for his intervention to ensure that emotions and social media reports did not outweigh the facts in the matter.

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