The Engr. Chidi Ibeh-led Ohanaeze Ndigbo faction, on Sunday, announced a shutdown of the national secretariat of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization.
It also declared that the Nigerian President of Igbo extraction in 2023 was not negotiable, even as he commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Major. Gen Lucky Irabor as the Chief of Defence Staff.
Newsmen report that he made the pronouncement after a tour of the secretariat with some members of the National Executive Council.
It could be recalled that the Ohanaeze election held early January pronounced two factions- one led by Ibeh and another under the leadership of Amb. George Obiozor.
Ibeh, who arrived at the Enugu National secretariat for the first time since his emergence, said the place was not conducive for activities.
Ibeh said a temporary secretariat also in Enugu would soon be unveiled to Ndigbo pending the completion of work on the new secretariat being built by Owelle Rochas Okorocha.
He said, “We have come to Ohanaeze secretariat today to take a full assessment of the extent of the job done here so far; for instance, we have gone round to look at the internal and external parts of the new secretarial being built and donated by one of our prominent sons, Owelle Rochas Okorocha.
“He has painstakingly, out of his generosity built this structure on ground, just for the course of Ndigbo and we are here to look at it.
“We have gone round and seen that this project has been completed but has not been furnished, we have looked at it and we saw that the job so far is about 98 percent completed. At this juncture, we are appealing to Owelle Rochas Okorocha in his usual style of magnanimity to please help us to do the final finishing.
“But while that is being done, we hereby shut down this place against any further activity. This place is going to remain closed and a temporary headquarters is going to be cited within this Enugu metropolis, in a very short while, but for now, we hereby shut down activities as far as this place is concerned. Not until this place is completed and tidied up, we are not going to use this place for now.”
Meanwhile, at a media briefing he later held at another location in Enugu, Ibeh announced Obiozor as the chairman of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Elders’ Council.