The apex Igbo Socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has advised the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) to stop antagonizing Ohanaeze in the overall interest of Ndigbo.
In a release on Saturday, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Emeka Attamah, decried the incessant attacks on Ohanaeze Ndigbo by IPOB at any slightest opportunity.
He regretted that even after the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, had condescended and repeatedly made clarifications on its stand on IPOB and efforts he has been making to seek redress for the organization, the latter was still hell bent on blindly accusing Ohanaeze of complicity in its woes.
He cited the example of IPOB deriding Ohanaeze for its silence over the proposed Operation Python Dance 3 by the military, even when the National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Uche Achi-Okpaga, condemned the exercise and called on the military to cancel it as it was not conducive to hold it in Igboland for now.
Ohanaeze said it has resisted the temptation to join issues with IPOB to avoid further exacerbation of the situation that might jeopardise the interest of Ndigbo and make them a laughing stock to the rest of the country.
Ohanaeze commended elder statesman, Professor Ben Nwabueze, for his untiring efforts to broker peace between it and IPOB.
“Ohanaeze also urges other reputable Igbo people to intervene on the malignment and obvious provocation by IPOB and call (its members) to order.
“On the proposed exercise, Ohanaeze further called on the military to put it on hold as coming so soon on the heels of a similar exercise in which Igbo sons lost their lives, it could stir up unsavoury moments.”