- Governor Uzodinma said the southeast zone is not tired of being part of Nigeria, noting that the region has a greater stake in the nation
- The Imo state governor said what the region wants are equity, justice and level-playing ground
- Uzodinma said anyone calling for secession does not represent the interest of the Ndigbo
Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo state has said what the Igbo are asking for are equity, justice and level-playing ground because of their stake in Nigeria.
The Imo state governor said secession is out of the demands of the Igbo people, The Guardian reported.
Legit.ng gathers that Uzodinma made this known while addressing members of Syndicate 1 of the Executive Intelligence Management Course (EIMC) 14 of the National Institute for Security Studies (NISS), at the Government House, Owerri, the state capital, on Wednesday, April 21.
He reiterated that the ethnic group was not in support of any form of a break-up.
The Imo state governor that the recent security breaches in the southeast geopolitical zone did not imply that Ndigbo were tired of being part of Nigeria.
“All we want is justice, equity and fairness in a big Nigerian family. Secession is not on the table. Anyone championing that does not represent Ndigbo.
"We have a greater stake in a united Nigeria and will not be party to any scheme that will bring division among us. All we want is equity, justice and a level playing ground that allows live and let live.”
In another report, Governor Uzodinma on Sunday, April 11, insisted that Igbos are more united than any other ethnic nationality in Nigeria.
The Imo state governor made the declaration while welcoming his counterparts from other southeast states and stakeholders of the region to the region's first security summit.
He explained that this was possible because of their shared struggle, chequered history and deep-rooted extended family traditions and brotherhood.
Meanwhile, Vice President Osinbajo had earlier declared that Nigeria's unity requires equity, justice, and fairness. He made the comment on Friday, March 12 while delivering a convocation lecture at the Sokoto State University.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by Laolu Akande, spokesman of the vice president noted that the lecture was titled Nigeria: Some Defining Issues for the Future. The statement quoted the vice president as saying:
“We must not overlook any fears or allegations of marginalization or discrimination on account of religion or ethnicity."