Briefing newsmen at the end of the meeting, President South-East/South/South Body of Professionals, Maazi. Emeka Ugwuoju said, “the leadership of Ohanaeze met with MASSOB, IPOB where we agreed to summon a meeting of the Imeobi (the highest decision body) of Ohanaeze. Ohanaeze Ndigbo urges MASSOB/IPOB to continue to be peaceful. Ohanaeze is the only channel to talk with MASSOB/IPOB on the agitation for Biafra. We condemn the rascality of Anambra State Chapter of Ohanaeze, Chris Eleumuno, on his recent attacks on MASSOB, IPOB as he does not have the authority to speak for Ohanaeze Ndigbo.”
President General, PG, of Ohanaeze Youth Council, Maazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, has faulted statement credited to its Anambra State Chairman, Chris Eluomunoh, over Biafra agitation, saying Eluomunoh only expressed his personal view and not that of Ohanaeze Ndigbo or Biafra nation.
Recall that Eluomunoh had told journalists last week in Awka that Ohanaeze was not in support of the pro-Biafra groups, saying that Biafra died in 1970 with the surrender by General Philip Effiong, to the Nigerian troops.
Eluomunoh said no right thinking person would support what he called the madness by some youths, who were being deceived to engage in something they cannot finish.
According to him, “You will notice that Ohaneze has been very silent on the issue of Biafra insurgency, though the youth wing of Ohaneze has been speaking on it. Ohaneze, as the Igbo cultural group, cannot support Biafra and we dissociate ourselves from it totally”.
But Isiguzoro who claimed he was mandated by the Secretary General of Ohaneze, Chief Joe Nworgu, to speak on behalf of the Igbo apex body, said Eluomunoh did not have the mandate of Ohanaeze to speak on the issue.
According to him, “it is only the Ime-Obi Council that can empower the President or Secretary-General of Ohaneze to make public the official position of the Ohaneze Ndigbo on issues as this.”