- An apex Igbo socio-cultural group in Nigeria, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has said people of the southeast are not going to leave Nigeria
- A spokesperson for the organisation, Mazi Chuks Ibegbu, said Igbos have been part owners of Nigeria since the independence
- Ibegbu stated that people of the southeast will not leave Nigeria for settlers
An apex Igbo socio-cultural group in Nigeria, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has said people of the southeast are not going to leave Nigeria for anybody.
The spokesperson for the organisation, Mazi Chuks Ibegbu, said Igbos have been part owners of Nigeria since the independence of the country, Vanguard reported.
He insisted that there is no reason why the Igbos should leave Nigeria.
“How and why should we leave Nigeria and for who? For settlers or foreigners? No way. We partly own Nigeria and instead of leaving it, settlers and foreigners will leave it for us,” Ibegbu noted.
The Ohanaeze spokesperson also urged pro-Biafra agitators to channel their activism for social, economic and structural justice for people of the southeast region and not for Igbos to leave Nigeria.
Ibegbu stated that what Igbos want is level playing ground for all Nigerians.
Meanwhile, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has raised alarm over the emergence of a splinter group within its fold.
The new group led by one Basil Onuorah is known as the Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly (ONGA). Onuorah said the group has already been registered by the corporate affairs commission, The Nation reported.
He stated that the traditional ruler of Igbariam in Anambra state, Igwe Kelly Nzekwe, is serving as the ONGA’s board of trustees chairman.
But the mainstream Ohanaeze Ndigbo said the splinter group was out to destabilize the Igbo region. Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene, who spoke on behalf of the mainstream Ohanaeze Ndigbo described the splinter group as jokers.
He said they are merely being used by some politicians to cause disaffection in Igbo land.
In another report, a human rights lawyer and former Nigerian Bar Association chairman, Chief Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, has kicked against the zoning of the presidency.
According to him, Nigeria needs a president who is passionate about the country and has the type of passion Late Colonel Odimegwu Ojukwu had for Biafra.
Ojukwu was a Nigerian military officer and politician who served as the military governor of the Eastern Region of Nigeria in 1966 and the leader of the breakaway Republic of Biafra from 1967 to 1970.
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