…seeks prayer for peace, unity
By Samuel Oyadongha
YENAGOA THE pan-Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohaneze Ndigbo has ordered the cancellation of the 2017 Igbo day celebration in Bayelsa state.It cited the need to use the occasion to stay indoors and pray for peace and unity in Nigeria.
According to the group, though the Igbo indigene in the state cannot pretend over the incidence of violence and killings in the Eastern states over the agitations by some members of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), the decision to cancel the celebration in Bayelsa was to mourn those that were killed in Aba.
President of the Bayelsa state chapter of the Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Maurice Amaku, while briefing newsmen in Yenagoa, said the decision was borne out of a collective agreement reached by the leaders and members of the Igbo community in the state.
Chief Amaku urged Igbos to use the period for sober reflection on the day by holding prayers in their individual homes.
“This year’s Igbo Day in Bayelsa will be marked with prayers for the peace and unity of the state and the nation.
“Unlike the practice in previous years in which the event was held with lots of pomp and ceremony, this year’s edition will rather be observed in low key,” he said.
The special assistant to the Bayelsa state governor, Mr. Anthony Chukwueze said the reason for the low key celebration this year was to reflect the mood of the people.
“The decision was taken at a meeting attended by the Eze Igbo in Bayelsa, Chief Anthony Uwakwe, political appointees, as well as leaders of women, market and youth groups and agreed to call on all Nigerians to live in harmony.”