Ohanaeze Says 2023 Igbo Day Is Sacrosanct


Iwuanyanwu Ohanaeze

The 2023 Igbo Day, which is planned to take place on September 28 and 29, has been declared sacrosanct by the leading Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide.

The South-East Summit on Security and Economy, which is slated to take place in Enugu and Owerri, Imo State, on the same dates as Igbo Day in 2023, will not conflict with either event, according to the organisation.

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Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the President General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, stated this in a statement issued by the group’s National Publicity Secretary, Dr Alex Ogbonnia, on Monday in Enugu.

According to Iwuanyanwu, the two events will hold concurrently in Enugu and Owerri for the benefit of the people of the region.

He said, “Our attention has been drawn to some misinformation capable of generating confusion regarding the concurrent hosting of 2023 Igbo Day and the South-East Summit on Security and Economy.

“It has, therefore, become necessary to make some clarification for the avoidance of doubt.”

The president general added that on Sept. 28 and 29, Ndigbo and the people of the South-East geo-political zone would host two very important events in Owerri and Enugu, concurrently, adding that both events were very dear to them.

“That is why we have decided to host both events concurrently to ensure massive attendance by our people.

“Accordingly, the programmes for both events have been structured to accommodate the schedules of our governors and our eminent sons and daughters who are travelling from far and near to attend the events,” he said.

He stressed that on the 28, they would be in Owerri for the first day of the Summit, which starts by 10 am and by 4 pm the same day, the first programme of Igbo Day 2023, a public lecture, would be held at the Old Governors Lodge, Enugu.

“It is to be noted that the date “29th” of September is of historical significance to Ndigbo and is sacrosanct for Igbo Day Celebration.

“The Governors of the South East, who are the hosts of both events, are working hand in hand with the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide for the success of both events.

‘We are in full agreement and concord to host both events concurrently and not on two different dates to ensure massive attendance by our people,” Iwuanyanwu said.

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