The Igbo Day Celebration set for September 28 and 29 has been upheld as sacred by the leading Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide.
The 2023 Igbo Day Celebration and the South East Summit on Security and Economy have no conflict or overlap, according to Ohanaeze President General Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, who made this clear in a statement on Monday morning.
The statement reads, “Attention of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has been drawn to some misinformation capable of generating confusion regarding the concurrent hosting of Igbo Day 2023 and the South East Summit on Security and Economy. It has, therefore, become necessary to make the following clarifications for the avoidance of doubt.
“On the 28 and 29th of September, 2023, Ndigbo and the people of the Southeast geo-political zone will host two very important events in Owerri and Enugu, concurrently.
He added, “The Summit will continue in Owerri on Friday the 29th with breakaway sessions on security, economy, and related issues by only invited stakeholders, professionals, technocrats, and experts. While on the same 29th the grand finale of Igbo Day 2023 will continue in Enugu for all other Igbo sons and daughters.”
Iwuanyanwu argued that September 29 is sacred for the Igbo Day Celebration because it is significant historically for Ndigbo.
He added that the hosts of both events, the Governors of the South East, are collaborating closely with Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide's leadership to ensure the success of both events.