Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has said it wants to build a database of Igbo people all over the world with a view to ensuring their protection and well-being.
The group said this in a statement signed by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Chuks Ibegbu and issued to the media on Wednesday.
It also said the proposed database will assist the group fight for proper representation and fair positioning of Igbo people at all federal ministries and agencies of government.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo also expressed dismay at the recent utterances of the Director-general of the Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu, who alleged the group was opposing President Muhammadu Buhari.
The statement reads: “Ohanaeze Ndigbo will soon compile the data of Ndigbo overseas and outside Igbo land with a view to ensuring their protection and well being.
“It will also explore opportunities at all federal ministries and agencies with a view to ensuring their proper representation and fair positioning.
“The affiliation of Igbo groups all over the world to the Apex Igbo body will also soon commence.
“Meanwhile Ohanaeze Ndigbo is dismayed by the recent utterances of the DG of the Voice of Nigeria, Mr Osita Okechukwu claiming the group is opposing President Mohammadu Buhari. This is the figment of his imagination.
“Ohanaeze is there to protect the interest of Ndigbo and will always shout if Ndigbo are sidelined in the scheme of things. Ohanaeze has not told or said anything that is not for the best interest of Ndigbo to Mr President .
“It is very uncharitable for Osita Okechukwu to compare the immediate past regime of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and its decisions then with the position of Ohanaeze Ndigbo present leadership ably led by Chief Nnia Nwodo.
“As an Igbo son, we expect Chief Okechukwu to join Ohanaeze Ndigbo in its determined role to advance the Igbo cause. He should separate facts from propaganda.”