March 5, 2021

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Igbo are co-owners, we are not leaving Nigeria for anybody — Ohanaeze

Ohanaeze says there is no reason why the Igbo will ever leave Nigeria.

Apex Igbo socio-cultural group in Nigeria, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has said that Igbo people will not leave Nigeria for anybody, citing the contributions of their forebears in the actualisation of  independence for Nigeria. 

Speaking through its National Deputy Publicity Secretary, Mazi Chuks Ibegbu, Ohanaeze says there is no reason why the Igbo will ever leave Nigeria. 

“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,” Vanguard quotes Ibegbu to have said.

Ohanaeze urged the pro-Biafra agitators to fight for social, economic and structural justice for Ndigbo and not for Igbo to leave Nigeria for anybody, adding that the Igbo want a level playing ground for all Nigerians. 

The apex group also called for the probe of the registration of the fake Ohanaeze Ndigbo by the Corporate Affairs Commission. Tagging the culprits as coupists, the apex group asked them to apologize to Ndigbo or the gods and Ndi-Ichie of Igbo land would deal with them traditionally. 

Ohanaeze also asked pro-Biafran agitators to ask Igbo political office holders what they have been doing with the funds that accrued to Igbo land before holding outsiders solely responsible for their woes. 

He added, “Yes, the past and even present governments in Nigeria have not been fair to us but what of our politicians? During the Jonathan period, did we not have many of our people in high offices but what did they do for us?” Source: Sahara Reporters

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