- Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the Northern Youths Coalition have been urged to desist from ethnic bigotry over the suspension of Ruga settlement by the federal government
- The call was made by the One Nigeria Coalition on Sunday, July 7
- According to the coalition, the two groups need to first turn over a new leaf from its bigotry stance before even attempting to address issues of national interest
The One Nigeria Coalition has advised apex Igbo socio-cultural, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Northern Youths Coalition to first turn over a new leaf from its bigotry stance before even attempting to address issues of national interest.
The coalition's charge comes in the light of the recent outburst by both groups over the federal government's proposed RUGA initiative.
The president of the coalition, Charles Mbani, on Sunday, July 7, after an emergency meeting, said the call became imperative to avoid unnecessary heating of the polity which could ultimately lead to social and political unrest.
Mbani urged both groups to conduct its affairs in line with a pledge to Nigeria as both organizations have exhibited a high sense of unpatriotic acts that defeats every sense of unity of heart and purpose.
He said it is expected that Nigerians regardless of ethnic or religious affiliations, just as a matter of necessity, see each other as brothers and sisters in the quest for greatness.
Mbani said: "The One Nigeria Coalition states in unequivocal terms that the outburst by the Northern Youths Coalition and the subsequent response by Ohaneze Ndigbo are careless, utterly disappointing and unbecoming of a group such as Ohaneze Ndigbo"
"The One Nigeria Coalition much as it condemns the statement by the Northern Youths Coalition believes that Ohaneze Ndigbo went overboard in its response by labelling the RUGA initiative an “Islamisation and a Fulanisation policy," he said.
He added that the farmers and herdsmen crisis in Nigeria can only be resolved through a holistic approach by stakeholders and not biased, sentimental ethnic warlords like the coalition of Northern Youths and the Ohaneze Ndigbo who have clearly shown times without number that their ultimate aim is to plunge the nation into monumental crisis.
Stating that the ultimatum given by the northern group on the suspension of RUGA settlement by the federal government was careless, as much as reckless and should be disregarded by well-meaning Nigerians.
He also said that the counter-response by Ohaneze Ndigbo was also careless and unbecoming of an organization with a supposed high standing in Nigeria as the umbrella body for the Igbos in Nigeria.
"That all parties concerned must desist from acts that would set the country on the path of war, instead they should channel efforts towards actions and activities that would further unite the country in the interest of all," Mbani said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom had called for the arrest of leaders of the northern group who gave a 30-day ultimatum to the federal government on the suspension of the Ruga settlement.
Ortom said the threat from the northern youths is capable of causing anarchy in the country.
He also said that the threat by the northern youths needed to be tackled urgently before it gets out of hand.
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