The same date coincidence of the Igbo Day Celebration and the South-East Summit on Security and Economy does not imply discordance between the organisers of the event.
Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the national president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, clarified the matter in a release on Monday. Chief Iwuanyanwu said the news making the rounds about a possible disunity between the organisers of the two events is ‘misinformation capable of generating confusion’.
He stated that, “On the 28 and 29th of September, 2023, Ndigbo and the people of the South-East geo-political zone will host two very important events in Owerri and Enugu concurrently. The South-East Summit on Security and Economy, and the Igbo Day 2023 are very dear to Ndigbo and the South-East geo-political zone.
“That is why we have decided to host both events concurrently to ensure massive attendance by our people.
Accordingly, the programmes for both events have been structured to accommodate the schedules of our governors and our eminent sons and daughters who are travelling from far and near to attend the events.”
Iwuanyanwu clarified that on the 28th, ‘all of us will be in Owerri for the first day of the summit. By 4pm the same day, the first programme of Igbo Day 2023, a public lecture, will be held at the Old Governors’ Lodge, Enugu.
“The summit will continue in Owerri on Friday the 29th with breakaway sessions on security, economy, and related issues by only invited stakeholders, professionals, technocrats, and experts.
While on the same 29th, the grand-finale of Igbo Day 2023 will continue in Enugu for all other Igbo sons and daughters.
“The date, 29th of September, is of historical significance to Ndigbo and is sacrodanct for Igbo Day Celebration. The governors of the South East, who are the hosts of both events, are working hand in hand with the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide for the success of both events. 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.
“We are taking advantage of the closeness of our states to one another in the South East to host these two important events concurrently. In fact, every state in the South East is within a two hours’ driving distance from each other. That is a strong evidence of our common history, destiny and oneness, which these two events are re-enforcing.”