The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has berated a presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie, over her comments on Igbo traditional rulers and religious leaders.
Naija News reported that monarchs and religious leaders had on Sunday demanded the release of the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Replying to the leaders, Onochie stated that the call for Kanu’s release is unreasonable and described the leaders as “political neonates who are also ignorant of the country’s laws”.
But in a statement on Wednesday signed by its spokesman, Alex Ogbonnia, Ohanaeze slammed Onochie for insulting and disrespecting the Igbo monarchs and religious leaders.
The group added that the comments made by Onochie are despicable and sacrilegious, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately sack the presidential aide.
It also asked the traditional ruler of Onitcha Olona in the Aniocha North council area of Delta State, Obi Christopher Uzu Diji, to call Onochie to order.
The statement read in part, “Lauretta Onochie is from Onitcha Olona in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State.
“The traditional ruler of her community is HRM Obi Christopher Diji. Onochie knows the reverence and honour that go with the titled men and traditional rulers in all the Igbo communities. Also, as a Christian, Onochie knows that the clergymen are the representatives of God here on earth.
“Therefore a letter jointly signed by the Igbo traditional rulers and the Archbishops should command the respect of even the most unscrupulous.
“The obnoxious role of denigrating one’s kinsmen to be fully ingratiated and assimilated in the other group is as old as mankind. However, the entrepreneurs of betrayal have never ended well.”
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