The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has described as unfortunate a series of comments coming from different groups in the North over a ban on the consumption and sales of cow meat in the Southeast.
Naija News reports that the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, had earlier issued a ban on the transportation, trading and consumption of cow meat coming from the Northern part of Nigeria.
This is as the secessionists also ban the singing of Nigeria’s National Anthem in the region.
IPOB’s declaration is understood to have stirred a barrage of reactions from different groups in the North who had also threatened to boycott patronage of Igbo motor-vehicle parts and trades across Northern states.
Reacting to the development, President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Prof George Obiozor insisted that the Nnamdi Kanu-led group does not speak for the entire people of the Southeast.
Naija News understands that Obiozor stated this while featuring on Arise Tv programme on Friday, January 7.
The Ohanaeze President-General insists that IPOB’s rage was based on perceived injustice against the Southeast.
Obiozor said: “Take it from me and it is the right statement: IPOB doesn’t speak for Igbo and that is the truth.
“To be very candid with you, the IPOB anger is accumulated anger based on perceived or real injustice against Ndigbo for so long.
“We understand their anger and the anger of many youths across the country.
“However, the truth of the matter is that they are not mandated to speak for Ndigbo.”
Speaking on threatening comments by Northern Groups, Obiozor said: “The Northern groups that are making the statements are unfortunate because we don’t respond when their youths in their youthful exuberance make certain comments like they did before that all Igbo must leave the North,” he said.
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