The youth wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has asked the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB to stop creating division amongst Ndigbo ahead of the 2023 general election.
The warning is coming after the MASSOB national leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu, issued a statement telling the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Vice Presidential candidate, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to stop claiming to be Igbo.
However, MASSOB’s statement did not sit well with the Ohanaeze as they said that Okowa had never denied his Igbo identity.
In a statement signed by the Ohanaeze Youths National President, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike and the National Secretary, Comrade Obinna Achionye, they maintained that Okowa had always identified with the Ohanaeze.
The statement reads: “They cannot because of the attack on agitators in Delta State deny the identity of Ifeanyi Okowa. Even in our domain here in the South-East, agitators are killed too.
“That shouldn’t be a criteria to know who is Igbo or not, such a claim is baseless.
“Is MASSOB now saying that Ambassador Ralph Uwaechue is no longer Igbo?
“Apart from Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, none has supported Ohanaeze Ndigbo more than Okowa before now. Is it because he’s not making noise about it?”
This article was originally published on Naija News