Igbo socio- cultural apex group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide ,has commiserated with the Oyo state Government on the explosion that occurred in Ibadan,Tuesday, January, 16, which claimed three lives.
Statement signed by the publicity secretary, of the group, Dr Alex Ogbonnia ,and made available to newsmen on Sunday, January 21, in Enugu, said , Ohanaeze Ndigbo holds the city of Ibadan with a deep emotional attachment He added that the age-long and exemplary Ibadan provenance has promoted the exchange of cultural values, camaraderie, inter-ethnic marriages and conferment of chieftaincy titles to various eminent Igbo people.
The statement reads:
“The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide received with dismay the explosion that occurred in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State of Nigeria on Tuesday, January 16, 2024. It was indeed heart-breaking as dead bodies resulting from the blast were pulled from the rubble of a residential area in Old Bodija.
*While we join the Ibadan community to mourn the loss of three lives in the catastrophe, we are delighted that over 77 injured persons have been discharged from the hospital.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo holds the city of Ibadan with a deep emotional attachment for many reasons; some of which are the cordiality, hospitality, inter-religious harmony, conviviality and liberty the Ibadan community provides for the Igbo in their diverse areas of enterprise and industry. The above age-long and exemplary Ibadan provenance has promoted the exchange of cultural values, camaraderie, inter-ethnic marriages and conferment of chieftaincy titles to various eminent Igbo; including the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, Chief Engr Dr, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu the Ahaejiagamba Ndigbo as the Balogun Babaguwa of Ibadan land.
“The Igbo Leader commiserates with the Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde; our great in-law, the Olubadan, His Eminence, Moshood Olalekan Balogun; the good people of Ibadan and the Afenifere over this unfortunate incidence.
The Igbo Leader urges the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Oyo State Chapter to demonstrate total solidarity with the good people of Ibadan over this unusual occurrence.
Dr. Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia;
The National Publicity Secretary, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide.