Apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has canceled the planned Igbo Day celebration due to the circumstances they find themselves in.
National Publicity Secretary of the group, Comrade Temple Chika, made the disclosure in a statement that the Igbo Day celebration would be exchanged with the IGBO DAY OF MOURNING to mourn the life of Igbos lost in the fight against banditry, massacres and security operatives.
Ohanaeze revealed that there are attempts to commit ethnic cleansing in the name of fighting against the IPOB. It also demanded for the unconditional release of bodies from mortuaries to their various families for burials.
The statement read: “this is to inform all Igbos both home and in diaspora about the cancellation of 2021 IGBO DAY slated previously to hold in Enugu and Awka, Anambra State, respectively, on 29th September 2021.
“We urge Ndigbo to observe the WORLD IGBO DAY OF MORNING in remembrance of all IGBO MARTYRS both at home and diaspora, whose lives were cut short at their prime age during security operations, herdsmen, Obigbo/ Orlu massacres, killings in the North by Boko Haram and banditry. The mood of Ndigbo nowadays depicts mourning both traditionally and religiously.
“Consequently, there will be no fanfare, no jubilation, and acrobatic cultural displays as obtained from the annual IGBO DAY CELEBRATIONS in the past few years.”
“The ongoing secret killings across Igboland must stop. God will restore peace and security across Igboland as we openly mourn.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo demands the unconditional release of bodies from mortuaries (especially in Imo State) of Igbos wrongly killed as suspected IPOB members to their various families for burials.”