Ohanaeze Ndigbo has condemned the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, over the ban it placed on Nigeria National Anthem across the Southeast.
IPOB in its New Year message, banned the Nigeria National Anthem, as well as the consumption of non-native cows.
Reacting, Ohanaeze Ndigbo in a statement on Wednesday by its Secretary-General Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro noted that the order “will affect the ongoing diplomatic efforts to free Nnamdi Kanu. Instead, the FG might unleash bitterness on the South-East.
“This order is also nonetheless destructive to the campaign for the Igbo presidency in 2023 and will give birth to avoidable military raids on all public schools in Southeastern Nigeria, with the ongoing ‘Operation Golden Dawn’.”
The Apex Igbo socio-cultural organization Ohanaeze declared that in order not to endanger the lives of Igbos “reciting of the Biafra anthem in public schools remains prohibited, forbidden and proscribed, as the South-East is still an integral part of Nigeria.
“We cannot afford to mislead and misinform our pupils into trending into paths that will attract grave consequences for Ndigbo.
“Ndigbo should flout such despicable orders of absurdity, as it will be the rationale for future deployment of military Tucson fighter jets to South-eastern Nigeria.”
It further stated that rather than the enforcement of Biafra anthems in southeast schools, “IPOB should join Ohanaeze in the promotion of Igbo language, cultural heritage, and values in all South-East public schools. This is the best way to get our youngsters to remain committed and imbibe the cultural values and heritage of Ndigbo.”