Igbo Day: Bayelsa Government Cautions Against Parallel Celebration

Bayelsa State Government has urged the Igbo community in the state to remain peaceful and united as they join their kith and kin at home and abroad to celebrate the 2022 World Igbo Day today.

The state Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, made the call, at a meeting with leadership of the Ohaneze Ndigbo, Bayelsa Chapter, at his office in Government House, Yenagoa.

Senator Ewhrudjakpo said no house divided against itself could stand, therefore, advised the Igbo community to sink their differences to foster peace, unity and progress among them.

He, however, warned that government would not allow the celebration of a parallel Igbo Day celebration in the state as it is capable of precipitating a crisis among members of Ohaneze Ndigbo in the state.

The Deputy Governor further stressed that government would not recognize two factions of leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo, warning those bent on causing crisis in the organization to turn a new leaf.

According to Senator Ewhrudjakpo, the state government would not hesitate to deal decisively with any person or group of persons found culpable in fermenting trouble.

He therefore called on them to peacefully go ahead with the 2022 World Igbo Day celebration in Bayelsa as already scheduled to hold today.

In a remark, President of Ohaneze Ndigbo in Bayelsa, Mr. Maze Johnson, said the leadership of the Igbo socio-cultural organization wants the state government to moderate their activities in line with its peace and security agenda.