BreakingNews 13/5/15 - Ohanaeze Ndigbo Flays Obioha, Others over Visit to Buhari

[ Masterweb Reports: Christopher Isiguzo reports ] - The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation,  Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Sunday condemned in strong terms the recent visit of Chief Ralph Obioha and some Igbo leaders to the president-elect,  Muhammadu Buhari, on behalf of the organisation,  describing the action as the “height of rascality, recklessness and disrespect to the laws of this nation.”

In a statement by the organisation’s Deputy President-General, Chief OAU Onyema which was made available to journalists in Enugu,  the apex organisation dismissed the existence of Caretaker Committee in the Ohanaeze,  explaining that by “parading himself as the chairman of a non-existent committee,” Chief Obioha had displayed his disregard of the rule of law.

“I am very sure that the president –elect , who is a constitutional man, that believes in discipline and rule of law, who is preaching against indecency and crooked behaviors, will not be happy, having been tricked or dragged into the murky waters of  Chief Raph Obioha’s irresponsible conduct of impersonating the representative/leadership of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo.
“Chief Raph Obioha who is parading himself as the purported Chairman of a non-existent care-taker committee, has indeed dragged our respected president-elect into a very unfortunate dirty and polluted waters of his surreptitious agenda, to disrupt the leadership of Ndi Igbo. Obioha is quite aware that there is a subsisting Court Order in Suit No:  E /513/ 2014 issued by His Lordship Justice R.O. Odugu of Enugu State High Court,  barring him from parading himself as such, and creating any three party interest in the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo Worldwide, yet, he decides to flout the law,  boasting that his visit to the president–elect will insulate him from justice.

“One wonders why Chief Raph Obioha, who is currently facing a contempt charge and committal proceedings on the same issue of impersonating the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, who personally attended the court seating on April 2, 2014 at High Court 6 Enugu with his lawyer (Enechi Onyia SAN) for his committal proceedings, to see if he can explain himself out of the impending imprisonment, will be emboldened to commit further disobedience of court order, to the extent of dragging–in a highly revered personality in the person of our no-nonsense president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari.

“Honestly, Ndigbo will surely expect open apologies from this man and his cohorts, especially to our president-elect whom they have deceived to receive them as the leadership of  Ndigbo.

“I am aware that the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo is still undergoing the necessary procedure, preparatory to paying a courtesy call to the president-elect, which is usually be preceded by a NEC resolution, followed by an Imeobi approval. However, Obioha, has rushed to misrepresent and impersonate a respected tribe, like Ndigbo which is quite unacceptable to us,” he said.

Onyema noted that already, the organisation had expressed its felicitation in writing to the president-elect, and equally to President Goodluck Jonathan for his spirit of sportsmanship in accepting the result of the presidential election wherein he lost- an act that saved our nation from a lot of imminent violence, skirmishes and probable disintegration. 

Ohanaeze Ndigbo further expressed appreciation to President Jonathan for the recent appointment of former Governor Peter Obi as Chairman  of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and that of Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, the Chairman South-east Council of Traditional Rulers) as a pro-chancellor.


Christopher Isiguzo reports from Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria.


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