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Ohanaeze Ndigbo decries dying Igbo culture, tradition, laments non answering of Igbo names.

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Jacob Ogodo, Abakaliki

Igbo apex socio -cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Ebonyi State has decried dying Igbo culture and tradition.

The organization said the people no longer respect elders, value hardwork and other virtues the Igbo was known for many decades ago.

It further observed that the people have left their cultures and tradition and embraced foreign ones which has affected their lives especially the young ones and vowed that it cannot sit down and watch things go wrong in the Igbo race.

President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in the state, Dr. Peter Mbam who stated this while briefing newsmen after he led his executives to visit all the schools across the 13 local government areas of the state, lamented that Igbo language has almost completely died.

He revealed that in some of schools visited by the organization, students and pupils all failed Igbo subject in their exams.

He called on parents to begin to teach their children Igbo culture and tradition to bring back the lost glory of Ndigbo.

Mbam commended Governor Francis Nwifuru for setting out Wednesday as Igbo day and Igbo speaking day which, he said will go a long way to revive Igbo culture and tradition.

“We cannot sit down and watch things go wrong in Igbo land. We have missed our road in terms of Igbo culture and tradition.

“We the Igbo, we have left our tradition and we are doing a different thing. We no longer respect elders, we don’t value hardwork. There is nothing Ndigbo were known for in the 60s and early 70s that is still happening and more importantly and more critically, Igbo language.

“We went to schools where the children could not speak Igbo language, we went to schools where all the students failed Igbo language exams.

“So, it is very horrible what is happening in Igbo land. Our fear is that by the time our own time is over, our children will not know anything about Igbo; our culture, our tradition, our language, the way we dress, the way we do things and others.
We are not answering Igbo names again.

“We the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Ebonyi State are happy to hear that Governor Francis Nwifuru recently approved every Wednesday as Igbo speaking day in our state. We are very glad of this and we thank our Governor for passing that resolution”, he stated.

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