There’s No War Between Igbo, Yoruba – Ohanaeze

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There is no war between the Igbo and the Yoruba, according to the apex pan-Igbo sociocultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

The Chairman of the Council of Elders of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, blamed those he referred to as “political rascals” for the ethnically charged rhetoric directed at the Igbo in Lagos State, South-West Nigeria, in recent times, particularly around the just-concluded 2023 General Elections.

“I want those in Lagos to understand that there is no war between us and the Yoruba; they’re just political rascals, and we’ll deal with them,” Iwuanyanwu said on Saturday at a ceremony in Anambra State, South-East Nigeria, commemorating Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s one-year in office.

“The elders have directed the Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, [Okey] Emuchay, to establish a commission of inquiry to find out what was destroyed; people will pay,” Iwuanyanwu said.

The Ohanaeze chieftain explained that he had on Wednesday called a meeting of the Ohanaeze Council of Elders worldwide, which analysed the events in Lagos.

“I want to tell you that people from our branches in America, Canada, Europe, London, and Nigeria who attended have resolved, and I want those from Lagos to go home and tell those in Lagos,” Iwuanyanwu said.

He added: “We have resolved that we will never again allow anyone to take the life of an innocent person. We’re all going to fight this person. Never, ever again!”

According to the Igbo elder, persons of South-East extraction were fellow Nigerians who had “so much” invested in the country.

“We are not going anywhere,” he said in direct response to rhetoric ordering Igbo sojourners to leave other regions.

“The elders have directed Ohanaeze Ndigbo‘s Secretary-General, [Okey] Emuchay, to establish a commission of inquiry to determine what was destroyed; people will pay,” Iwuanyanwu stressed.

 

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