January 21, 2024

Ohanaeze condoles with Makinde, Olubadan, over explosion, says Ibadan provides liberty for Igbos

Ohanaeze condoles with Makinde, Olubadan, over explosion, says Ibadan provides liberty for Igbos
By Biodun Busari

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo.Worldwide, has condoled with Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde over the Ibadan explosion that killed and injured people, and destroyed buildings.

It also commiserated with Ibadan monarch, the Olubadan of Ibadan, His Eminence, Moshood Olalekan Balogun and the entire people of Ibadan and Oyo State as a whole.

Vanguard recalls that the explosion that occurred on Tuesday killed five people, and injured 77 people.

Governor Makinde said the blasts that happened at Adeyi Avenue, Bodija, was due to the action of some illegal miners storing improvised explosive devices at homes.

Reacting to the tragic incident, Ohanaeze sympathised with the people of the ancient city, saying Ibadan has promoted the exchange of cultural values.

In a statement issued by the National Public Secretary, Dr Alex Ogbonnia, on Sunday, the group said the incident was “heart-breaking.”

“The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide received with dismay the explosion that occurred in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State of Nigeria on Tuesday, January 16, 2024. It was indeed heart-breaking as dead bodies resulting from the blast were pulled from the rubble of a residential area in Old Bodija,” Ohanaeze said.

“While we join the Ibadan community to mourn the loss of three lives in the catastrophe, we are delighted that over 77 injured persons have been discharged from the hospital.

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo holds the city of Ibadan with a deep emotional attachment for many reasons; some of which are the cordiality, hospitality, inter-religious harmony, conviviality and liberty the Ibadan community provides for the Igbo in their diverse areas of enterprise and industry.

“The above age-long and exemplary Ibadan provenance has promoted the exchange of cultural values, camaraderie, inter-ethnic marriages and conferment of chieftaincy titles to various eminent Igbo; including the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, Chief Engr Dr, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, MFR; OFR; CFR; FNICE; FNSE; FNIST; KSG; the Ahaejiagamba Ndigbo as the Balogun Babaguwa of Ibadan land.

“The Igbo Leader commiserates with the Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde; our great in-law, the Olubadan, His Eminence, Moshood Olalekan Balogun; the good people of Ibadan and the Afenifere over this unfortunate incidence.

“The Igbo Leader urges the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Oyo State Chapter to demonstrate total solidarity with the good people of Ibadan over this unusual occurrence.”