The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has criticised the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammad Buhari on new media, Lauretta Onochie over her comments on some Igbo monarchs.
Onochie had berated Igbo traditional rulers and religious leaders; for seeking the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra.
In its response on Tuesday, November 2, Ohanaeze called on the traditional ruler of Onitsha Olona in the Aniocha North council area of Delta State, Obi Christopher Uzu Diji, as well as the kingmakers of the community, to talk to Onochie.
A statement issued by the Ohanaeze spokesman, Alex Ogbonnia also called on the women wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Umuada Igbo to “the nefarious activities of Lauretta Onochie with a view to whipping her back to normalcy.”
The Igbo group said for Onochie to descend on revered traditional rulers; and also Archbishops by using such words as “neonates, ignorant, lack of sense of decency, hide face in shame, stupidity, among others …is, to say the least unreflective; odious, warped, despicable and sacrilegious.”
Ohanaeze also pointed out that the letter of appeal to President Buhari by the Council of Traditional Rulers and the Archbishops was strong enough to attract the attention of the President for a discussion with Igbo leaders on the way forward about Nnamdi Kanu and other security challenges in the Southeast.
The statement read in part, “Lauretta Onochie is from Onitcha Olona in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State. The traditional ruler of her community is HRM Obi Christopher Diji. Onochie knows the reverence; and honour that go with the titled men; and traditional rulers in all the Igbo communities. Also, as a Christian, Onochie knows that the clergy men are the representatives of God here on earth. Therefore a letter jointly signed by the Igbo traditional rulers; and the Archbishops should command the respect of even the most unscrupulous.
“The obnoxious role of denigrating one’s kinsmen to be fully ingratiated; and assimilated in the other group is as old as mankind. However the entrepreneurs of betrayal have never ended well.”