Former National Secretary of Ohanaeze, Professor Ben Nwabueze has said that Ohanaeze Ndigbo do not speak Igbo at their meeting. He said the reason is because there are so many Igbo language beside the central Igbo.
“We once said at an Ohanaeze meeting that all our meetings would be conducted in Igbo because we realized that our language was dying, but this did not work. The first day we decided that we must speak Igbo in our meetings, the late governor of Anambra State, Chief C. C. Onoh spoke his own brand of WAWA Igbo.
“Onoh spoke at length and most people did not understand what he was saying. Every other person spoke his own dialect and at the end, nobody spoke Igbo again at Ohanaeze because none of us understood one another’s dialect,” he said.
Also speaking, a former top man at WAEC, Professor Chukwuemeka Ike said;
“When I went to Government College, it was an offence to speak Igbo in the school then. When I left the college, I travelled overseas for further studies. Writers should publish their books in both English and Igbo languages …,”
Former Vice President Alex Ekwueme pleaded that know one should allow the Ggbo language to die but he also explained why Igbos do not speak Igbo at their meeting
“English language is a predator to Igbo, just as Hausa is the predator to Angas, spoken by the former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon’s people.
“Gowon’s father was the leader of his people in the Anglican Church. The Bible was first translated to Angas language, but nobody read it because Hausa is predator to Angas. Igbo Bible is not read because English is the predator to Igbo.
“The Hausa Bible which was translated after the Angas Bible is widely read, but that of the Angas did not sell,” he said.
Popular Nollywood actor John Okafor popularly called Mr Ibu was not left out “Igbo child cannot tell you where he comes from. He will tell you that his/her father has not told him the name of his village. This is not good. We must speak our language,” Ibu said.