The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has condemned unequivocally the unfounded allegation against its Founder, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam by Association of Igbo Maritime Practioners in Nigeria (ASIMPIN)
It would be recalled that In a Press Statement endorsed by one Mr Godfrey Emeka Nwosu,the SSA to the President General ASIMPIN, HRM Eze Damian Obianigwe, published by an online media recently, ASIMPIN claimed that the Founder of NAGAFF, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, by calling ASIMPIN Elders to a meeting in his office wants to destabilise the association.
Part of the release reads, “the attention of HRM Eze Amb. Damian Emeka Obianigwe KSM., Ezeoha Obi of Isi Ihiteowerri, to the purported meeting being organized by a group identified as ASIMPIN Elders Forum, a council whose constitution remains questionable; elders in Igbo cosmology are men of wisdom whose chief concern are peace, rectitude and prudence as these attributes are visibly deficient in the proponents of this purported council of Elders. Eze Damian Obianigwe does not give a whimper over such grandstanding of a fathom group of self glorifying persons known as elders”.
Reacting to this claim, the National Publicity secretary of NAGAFF, Fwdr Chukwuemeka Iwegbuna described it as baseless, stressing that
Dr. Aniebonam never told Igbo Elders to shun ASIMPIN or deregister themselves from ASIMPIN .
Fwdr Iwegbuna explained that in the Circular emanating from the office of the Founder of NAGAFF, it was clearly stated that “the Founder of NAGAFF, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam,accepted to help resuscitate Igbo Maritime Forum.
According to him, the NAGAFF Founder posited that it is a fact and on record that the essence of Igbo Maritime Forum was to serve as a common ground for all Igbos in the Logistics Chain and Customs facilitation to meet and discuss Practitioners’ interest, that of Igbo traders and Nigeria as a country.
Dr. Aniebonam, he said, regretted that for the past ten years certain individuals may have captured the forum and changed the nomenclature to ASIMPIN, stressing that this development tends to change the whole essence of Igbo Maritime Forum agenda, which he opined does not protect the interest of the Igbos in the MaritimeTransportation and Customs facilitation”.
“Dr Aniebonam is just too busy to care about the tantrums of some gullible elements in ASIMPIN who wants to project themselves either as Almighty Moses(Deliverer) or Aaron( Mouth peace) of ASIMPIN through cheap blackmail of the Founder of Nagaff.
“It is obvious that Dr Aniebonam has gone far beyond ” ASIMPIN/ Igbo Maritime Forum politics”, while looking up to producing the next President of Nigeria through his NNPP ” third force” platform which is now making waves in the Northern part of Nigeria.
He asserted that Dr. Aniebonam rather called on them to live in peace under ASIMPIN while advising that whoever is not comfortable with the leadership should take decision.