The Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has said the 2023 Igbo Day scheduled to hold in September was sacrosanct.
The group said there was no conflict or clash between 2023 Igbo Day and South-East Summit on Security and Economy, scheduled to hold on the same dates at Enugu and Owerri, Imo State.
Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the President General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, made the assertion 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 be held 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 the 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 the Igbos.
“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.
Iwuanyanwu explained that the summit would continue in Owerri on Friday the 29, with breakaway sessions on security, economy, and related issues by only invited stakeholders, professionals, technocrats, and experts.
The Igbo leader hinted that on the same 29th, the grand finale of 2023 Igbo Day would continue in Enugu for all other Igbo sons and daughters.
“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.
According to him, they are taking advantage of the closeness of their states to one another in the South-East to host these two important events concurrently.
He disclosed that every state in the South-East was within two hours’ driving distance from each other, stressing that it was strong evidence of their common history, destiny and oneness, which these two events were re-enforcing.
“It is, therefore, my pleasure to welcome all our invited sons and daughters, in-laws, friends and partners to both the South-East Summit on Security and Economy and Igbo Day 2023 on Sept. 28 and 29,” the Igbo leader said. (NAN)