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Ohanaeze Ndigbo opposes calls for interim government, supports inauguration of Tinubu



Ohanaeze Ndigbo opposes calls for interim government, supports inauguration of Tinubu

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo, a Pan-Igbo socio-cultural group, has stated its support for President-elect Bola Tinubu to be sworn in, while rejecting any call for an interim government.

The group’s Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, made this clear on Monday and urged the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest anyone who attempts to obstruct the May 29 inauguration.

Isiguzoro deemed the call for an interim government unconstitutional and satanic, adding that the organization would not participate in any action that might lead to evil in Nigeria.

The Secretary-General affirmed the Igbos’ commitment to supporting Tinubu’s presidency and expressed hope that his administration would provide the much-needed solutions to the country’s challenges.

With this statement, Ohanaeze Ndigbo joins the growing list of groups supporting Tinubu’s bid for the presidency in 2023.

The organization’s rejection of the call for an interim government aligns with the position of the Nigerian government, which has also declared its stance against such a move.

He said; “Ndigbo will never be part of any interim government; the DSS should arrest those behind the scene plotting to have an interim government.

“Ohanaeze challenges the DSS to arrest those who are the proponent of the interim government to ensure that unpatriotic elements of doom do not derail our democracy with the evil intent to stall the smooth transition of power from Buhari to Tinubu.

“Ndigbo will not recognize any interim government or be part of any evil scheme and clamour for an interim government. The clamour for an interim government is unconstitutional, satanic, and demonic; those behind the call are trying to plunge the country into an unavoidable crisis and make Ndigbo a scapegoat, as witnessed in 1993.

“Ndigbo will participate in all inauguration and swearing-in ceremony of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu. We caution those working behind the scene for an illegitimate government to use the court to express their grievances.

“We are happy that Atiku and Peter Obi have exploited the legal options in order to recover their legal mandate. We will not allow unpatriotic mortals to truncate the hard-earned democracy in Nigeria.

“Ndigbo condemns both in words and letters the call for the establishment of an interim government and insists that the President-elect should be sworn in by May 29, 2023.”

The spokesperson also expressed regret that the Igbos had become an endangered species and will not be exploited as a sacrificial goat.

Isiguzoro added: “Ndigbos are an endangered species in Nigeria, and never again will Igbos be used as a sacrificial lamb as they were used in 1993 during the Abiola saga, where a lot of Igbos were killed, bullied, and maimed.

“The proponents of the interim government are already setting the stage with the systematic burning of Igbo-populated markets in Lagos, the home of the president-elect. Also, a market was burnt in Borno, the home of the Vice President-elect.

“These are capsules that can never stand the order of the day. Igbos are wiser and more sophisticated now than they were in 1993.

“We will continue to support the president-elect and ask him to commence the healing process from the Southeast.”

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