An assemblage identified as Igbo Delegates Assembly (IDA), has denounced call to ban the Eze-Igbo in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

In a press release signed by the President General Chief Kenneth Okeuge JP and Hon. Chief Donatus Nwugo (MPPA, NABCEP, FISEN) the General Secretary General respectively, the group asserted that the call was abnormal and obnoxious.

It said: “During the Executive meeting of Igbos Delegates Assembly (IDA) held in Abuja on the 28th of September, 2023, our attention was drawn to a media call by one Bar. Ifeanyi Ichukwu Nweze of Ohaneze (a member of IDA) Abuja-requesting the Minister of FCT, His Excellency Bar. Nyesom Wike to ban the institution of Eze Igbo in FCT Abuja – His Highness Eze Ibe Nwosu (MON), and His Highness Eze Dr. Uche Egenti (MON) and other Igbo traditional rulers in FCT.

“Igbo Delegates Assembly (IDA) is the umbrella body of Ndigbo in the 19 Northern States and FCT Abuja.

“We wish to state categorically here that the call is abnormal and obnoxious and does not represent the view of Ndigbo in the 19 Northern State and FCT Abuja and the Diaspora Worldwide.

“The institution of Ndieze N’uzo Ije-igbo traditional rulers outside the Igbo land has been in existence for over five (5) decades and it is an integral part of Igbo Delegates Assembly (IDA).

“Eze Ibe Nwosu and Eze Dr. Uche Egenti has been a rallying point of our people in FCT and has galvanized Ndigbo for peace and harmony within the circle of Government and host communities in FCT and environs for the past years.

“Ifeanyi Nweze has no locus-standi and moral right to call for the ban of our revered Royal fathers in FCT and the traditional institution.

“Nweze knows the conflict resolution mechanism in IDA as s member of Igbo Delegates Assembly, and should have explored such avenue instead of acting beyond his limit.

“We hereby call on the Hon. Minister of FCT, the traditional institutions and other relevant authorities to ignore that call as he does not have the authority to so speak.

“Ifeanyichukwu Nweze is hereby advised to retrieve his steps for the good of Ndigbo in FCT Abuja and worldwide.” It added.


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