- The elder-statesmen from the southern part of Nigeria met in Lagos to review the country's current situation and call for secession
- They commended Ibrahim Babangida, Atiku Abubakar and Yakubu Gowon for speaking out in favour of restructuring
Nigeria’s elders from the southern part of the country have decided to form a forum under the ‘Yiiegba Charter’ with a major aim of speaking out as Nigeria’s immediate future continues to remain uncertain.
After meeting in Lagos state on Tuesday, June 27, the group declared their support for the unity and peace of Nigeria.
Daily Independent reports that the chairman of the group, Prof Anya O Anya, said it was important for Nigerians to remain one and indivisible.
He also said they decided to form the association following the rising tension that has taken over the country in recent times.
NAIJ.com reports that part of the tension was caused by the Indigenous People of Biafra and other such related organisations seeking the secession of the south-east from Nigeria.
A northern group also issued a quit notice to Igbo people in the region recently.
He suggested the establishment of a new Nigeria that would foster peace, justice, unity and equal opportunity for all.
“What is being done here today is to explore what is needed to establish a new Nigeria.
“We all want peace, justice and equal opportunities for all Nigerians, that none should feel cheated; a country that puts the people first above individual’s interests.
“God has deposited all resources in this country but because of our personal sentiments and ethnic affiliations, we have not been fair in the equal distributions of our collective wealth.
“That is why restructuring of the country is the way to go,” Anya said.
In his position, co-chairman of the forum, Dr Christopher Kolade, said Nigeria was currently challenged.
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“The peace of this country is being threatened and the onus falls on us - the elders to address these problems once and for all to have a better future for our youths and younger generation.
“With this calibre of elders you see here our focus is to help others to use the think tank to think along with us, where everyone must work together to build a new Nigeria, borrowing experiences from the past to build the future,” he said.
Kolade praised former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; former heads of state, Ibrahim Babangida and Gen Yakubu Gowon for supporting restructuring of the country.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that the United Nations will be visiting Nigeria any moment from now to address certain issues concerning the quit notice issued Igbo people resident in the northern part of the country.
This was announced by the president of the Ohanaeze Youth Council, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, as tension continues to rise over the threat against the Igbos in the north.
It was learnt that Isiguzoro said the visit of the world body is in response to the petition written by the council to UN over the recent quit notice issued to Igbo.
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