BY TONY EDIKE
ENUGU—New chairman of Ohanaeze-Ndigbo in Enugu North local government area, Chief Ebenezer Ngwu, has declared that no politician would be allowed to hijack the pan-Igbo socio-cultural organisation.
Ngwu, who made the declaration at Enugu North local government secretariat after inauguration of his executive, warned that whoever wanted to hijack Ohanaeze should hijack the Igbo race first.
He said: “As officers of the organisation, whatever they say, they are representing Ndigbo”.
Ngwu maintained that the issue of a politician hijacking Ohanaeze should not arise as majority of the people who belong to the organisation in Enugu North were not members of any political party.
He added that: “We are now disciples of Igbo race. We will now go into the hinterland, overseas and other parts of the country to let Igbos know that we must come back and maintain our culture and teach our children how to do things like Igbos”.
Also speaking, the Chairman of Enugu North local government area, Mr. Emeka Edeh, said his administration intended to revitalize Ohanaeze Ndigbo to make it efficient and effective.
He promised to take the message of Ohanaeze in re-branding Igbo culture and tradition in Enugu North.
‘We will take it down to the grassroots. All the various wards in Enugu North and we will make sure our wards abide by it by inculcating in their character, the good works of Ndigbo, the norms and value of the old Igbo culture.
“We know that in Igbo culture, we don’t have the character of kidnapping, prostitution and stealing. Every Igboman is able and eligible to work for himself and get what he will eat,” Edeh said.
Lending his voice, a patron of Ohanaeze, Dr Eric Oluedo, urged the new executive to start the campaign for re-invigoration of Igbo culture from their families, by encouraging their children to speak Igbo language at home.
Oluedo noted that crimes like kidnapping and stealing were alien to Igbo culture, but whenever kidnappers were caught in Lagos, they all bear Igbo names.
He urged Ohanaeze to do everything possible to ensure the restoration of Igbo values, especially the virtue of hard work for which the Igbo man was known for.