Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, an Igbo social and cultural organization, has declared that the 2023 celebration of Igbo Day, set to take place in September, is sacred.
The group said that the 2023 Igbo Day and the South-East Summit on Security and Economy, both of which were set to take place in Enugu and Owerri, Imo State, respectively, on the same dates, would not interfere with one another.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide President General Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu made the claim on Monday in Enugu in a statement released by the organization’s National Publicity Secretary, Dr. Alex Ogbonnia.
Iwuanyanwu claims that the two events, which are mutually beneficial, will take place simultaneously in Enugu and Owerri.
We’ve been made aware of some misleading information that could lead to confusion about the upcoming 2023 Igbo Day and South-East Summit on Security and Economy,” he stated.
In order to clear the air and settle any lingering questions, “it has become necessary to make some clarification.”
On September 28 and 29, the president general said, “Ndigbo and the people of the South-East geopolitical zone will host two very important events in Owerri and Enugu simultaneously.”
To ensure a large turnout from our people, we’ve decided to hold both events at the same time.
Our governors and our eminent sons and daughters are coming from far and wide to attend both events, thus the timetables for both have been set accordingly, he said.
He emphasized that the first day of the Summit would begin at 10 a.m. on February 28 in Owerri, and that the first program of Igbo Day 2023, a public lecture, would take place at 4 p.m. on the same day in the Old Governors Lodge in Enugu.
On Friday, November 29, Iwuanyanwu said, the summit would continue in Owerri with separate sessions on security, the economy, and related problems attended by invited stakeholders, professionals, technocrats, and experts.
The Igbo chieftain suggested that the 2023 Igbo Day celebrations would continue in Enugu on the same date for all other Igbo sons and daughters.
The “29th” of September is a sacred date for Igbo Day because of its importance in Ndigbo’s history.
The South East Governors, who are hosting both events, are cooperating closely with Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide’s top brass to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience for everyone.
Because “we are in full agreement and concord to host both events concurrently and not on two different dates to ensure massive attendance by our people,” Iwuanyanwu stated, “we are able to guarantee massive attendance by our people.”
He claims that they are taking advantage of their states’ proximity to one another in the Southeastern United States in order to have both events at the same time.
He said that all the states in the Southeast were within a day’s drive of each other, and that these two occurrences were further proof of the region’s shared history, destiny, and unity.
On behalf of the Igbo people, I am pleased to extend a warm invitation to the South-East Summit on Security and Economy and Igbo Day 2023, which will be held on September 28 and 29, respectively. Igbo Day 2023 is unmovable, Ohanaeze says, due of a scheduling conflict.