Ndigbo council of elders has taken a decision to excommunicate Chief John Uche, first president of Lagos State Ohaneze Ndigbo, enumerating stringent punishment for any member who flouts the order.
The group in a press conference on Tuesday evening maintained that its decision bordered on a false publication by Uche, where he alleged that Chief Solomon Ogbonna, president of Lagos State Ohaneze Ndigbo tendered a fake academic certificate to get to the helms of affair.
Chief Oliver Akubueze, chairman council of elders while reading the press statement stated that the group would want to state that academic certificate was not a prerequisite for leading Ndigbo. He stressed that Uche must explain to Ohaneze Ndigbo the source of the certificate that was being peddled.
The statement reads, “We want to make it clear that the president of Ohaneze Ndigbo Lagos State does not require an academic certificate to lead Ndigbo in Lagos, which is why Ogbonna never tendered any certificate to anyone or group. What are required are, ability to speak Igbo language fluently, wisdom, intelligence, human relation and altruism. Chief Solomon Ogbonna has given Ndigbo a voice in Lagos. We will not allow the mischief-maker to undermine the reputation of the president and the entire Ndigbo in Lagos”
While enumerating the punishment, which included, not being allowed to attend Ohaneze Ndigbo events, not eating with members, not engaging in business transactions with members, among other conditions, Akubueze maintained that any member who flouts the rule would face the same fate.
While baring his mind on his leadership, Ogbonna said that he was more interested in peace and unity of the Igbo socio-cultural organization, stressing that the reason for which he was attacked was because he refused to compromise on some people’s demands.
Chief Everest Ozonweke, secretary of Ohaneze Ndigbo Lagos, said that the action was taken to avoid people taking undue advantage of privileges given to them. He, however, stated that there was still an open space for negotiation, maintaining that even in a state of war, there could be room for discussion of peace. He stressed that he was sure that the council of elders would be available to discuss peace