Apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, says its before scheduled Igbo Daytime celebration has been canceled.
The Principal Chidi Ibeh-led Ohanaeze disclosed this in a statement signed by Comrade Temple Chika, its National Publicity Secretarial assistant.
He said the case would at present be replaced with “IGBO DAY OF MOURNING”, with the theme “Ozoemena”.
DAILY POST reports that Igbo Daytime is generally celebrated annually on 29th September.
But Ohanaeze says this twelvemonth’s edition would not take hold.
The statement by Ibeh-led Ohanaeze read, “this is to inform all Igbos both home and in diaspora in relation to the cancellation of 2021 IGBO DAY slated previously to take hold in Enugu and Awka, Anambra Province, 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 cutting small at their prime age during security operations, herdsmen, Obigbo/ Orlu massacres, killings in the Northward 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 times few years.”
It said in the statement that “there are attempts to commit ethnic cleansing in the proper noun of fighting against the IPOB.
“The ongoing secret killings across Igboland must halt. God will restore peace and security across Igboland as we openly mourn.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo demands the unconditional release of bodies from mortuaries (particularly in Imo Province) of Igbos wrongly killed as suspected IPOB members to their various families for burials.”
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