Ohaneze Ndigbo group in Bayelsa state under the aegis of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide have declared they would not celebrate the highly cherished Igbo-Day annual celebration this year.
The body of the Igbos in a press conference in Yenagoa said they would rather stay in their homes to pray and mourn their brothers and sisters being allegedly killed by the Nigerian military via operation “Python Dance II”.
President of the group, Maurice Chinedu Amaku, in a statement, said the decision to dedicate the celebration to prayers was reached, national leaders.
“In line with the resolution of Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide and Ohanaeze Ndigbo Bayelsa state, this year’s Igbo day celebration will be aimed at committing the challenges of the Igbos to God for divine intervention”, the statement said.
Also speaking, a Special Assistant to the Governor of Bayelsa state on Non-indigenes, Mr. Sunny Chukwueze who also signed the press statement, said “what are we celebrating? We will stay in our various homes to pray to God and mourn for our people who have been murdered”.
Also among the thirteen Igbo sons that signed the press statement was the traditional ruler of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Bayelsa state chapter, Chief Anthony Uwakwe.
The group called on all its members in the state to remain indoors come 29th of September, 2017, be in the mood of sober reflection and pray for the peace and unity of the Igbos and Nigeria in general.
It could be recalled that the federal government had recently declared the pro-Igbo group, Indigenous People of Biafra, led by Nnamdi Kanu, a terrorist group after the military unleashed Operation Python Dance on the eastern region which left some members of IPOB allegedly feared killed while scores are in detention.