- The Igbo people will leave on their own terms, the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has replied to the northern coalition on a suit seeking Igbo people's exit from Nigeria
- Ohanaeze said the Igbos will not exit the country on the terms and conditions meted to them by any other group
- According to Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Igbos have sacrificed so much, more than any reason to sustain the existence of the Nigeria project
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo on Tuesday, October 26, said that the Igbos will only leave Nigeria on their own terms and not on the instrumentality of any other group.
Punch reports that the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation said that the attempt by a group of northern leaders by asking a Federal High Court to give an order for Igbos to exit Nigeria is mischievous.
The national publicity secretary of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chiedozie Ogbonnia, in reaction to the action taken by the northern groups said the Igbos have an identity and originality more than the 'so-called northern coalition'.
No superior group or region in the project Nigeria
Ogbonnia warning that nobody is a superior partner in the project Nigeria said no individual or group has the right to act superior to the other.
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He further noted that the Igbo people have sacrificed so much for the existence of Nigeria more than any other region and should by no means be treated as such.
“And because no group has right whatsoever to ask another to go or to ask another to leave Nigeria, Igbos have as much right in Nigeria as any other ethnic group."
Ogbonnia further stated that the only thing every Igbo person is asking is for justice, fairness and equity to strengthen the peaceful coexistence and unity of the project Nigeria.
A suit in court for the exit of Igbo from Nigeria
The northern coalition in their suit urged the court to prevail on the National Assembly to facilitate the exit of the Igbos from Nigeria.
According to the northern groups, such order is one of the easiest ways to end the violence that has bedevilled the agitation of the Indigenous People of Biafra led by Nnamdi Kanu.
Also, in reaction to the move by the northern group, a team of Igbo lawyers and senior advocates of Nigeria have approached the same court on the matter.
The legal team sought the court's approval to become a party to the matter before it as representatives of the southeast region and the entire people of Ndigbo.