- Ohanaeze Ndigbo has insisted that Arewa youths cannot drive Igbos out of Nigeria
- Chuks Ibegbu, the deputy publicity secretary of the group said the Arewa youths want to drag the country into another war
- He added that the Igbos will not be drawn into taking issue with these northern youths
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio-political organisation of the Igbo, has insisted that Arewa youths are determined to drag Nigeria into another civil war.
NAIJ.com gathered that Ohanaeze made the remark while reacting to a letter written to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo by a coalition of Northern youths.
The youths in the letter had appealed to Osinbajo to allow Igbos actualise their struggle for Biafra Republic because they hated Nigeria.
Chuks Ibegbu, the deputy publicity secretary of Ohanaeze said the North could not drive Ndigbo out of Nigeria.
He also said Ohanaeze was interested in restructuring and not secession, adding that the northern youths had no right to speak for the Igbos.
“In the first place, I want to thank the Acting President for the role he is playing in this situation. He is a peacemaker and he has shown himself to be conversant with the dynamics of leadership.
“The Acting President has told all the parties to allow peace to reign. Igbo are peaceful people; so, a.
“We are conscious of what the Acting President told the Igbo leaders and the traditional rulers when they visited the Presidential Villa. Therefore, we will not be drawn into taking issue with these northern youths; they are people who have shown themselves to be lawbreakers and warmongers.
“The activities of these Arewa youths have shown that there is more than meets the eye to the ultimatum they gave the Igbo in the North. They simply want to drag the country into another war,” he said.
The deputy publicity secretary of Ohanaeze maintained that the agitation for secession was not peculiar to the Igbo, as claimed by the Arewa youths.
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Earlier, NAIJ.com reported that Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state accused President Muhammadu Buhari of fueling intolerance between tribes in Nigeria with his unguarded utterances.
Fayose said the president's utterances are what emboldened the youths of the North-East Nigeria to write a letter issuing eviction notice to Igbos in their midst.
The governor said Buhari got it wrong by his statement after inauguration that his government might not favour any section of the country that voted against him during the 2015 presidential poll.
Watch Acting President Yemi Osinbajo talk about the unity of Nigeria on NAIJ.com TV below: