- The Ohaneze Ndigbo reiterated that Nigeria will continue to be united
- The group in Lagos said the unity of Yorubas and Igbo was important
- It applauded the support Lagos has provided to Igbos
The Ohaneze Ndigbo has reiterated that the unity of Nigeria was important and disregarded report that the country was heading towards a break-up.
The Sun reports that the Lagos chapter of the apex Igbo group stated this during the inauguration of Colonel Reuben Nwako (rtd) as the chairman of Ohanaeze Ikorodu Division who was presented to His Royal Majesty, Oba Adewale Shotobi, Adegorushen V, the Ayangburen of Ikorodu and his Cabinet members.
The president of Ohanaeze, Dr. Domferguson Okoli, went with Eze Ndigbo of Lagos state, Eze Christian Uchechukwu Nwachukwu and other important personnel.
Okoli assured the king that they were committed to the unity of the country and that if the Yorubas and Igbos can unite, Nigeria will be greater than it is.
He said: “Kabiyesi mark my word, the problem that we are having is not the Hausa Fulani but the unity of Igbo and the Yoruba. Once they agree to work and unite together, it shall be well for this country. The entire Africa is looking up to the Igbo and the Yoruba. That is why people like you are going to work round the clock to make it happen. Nigeria shall be one, we shall not disintegrate, and we shall work together.”
He said the Igbos were now learning some things from Yorubas including the inclusion of female children in the distribution of properties.
“The female children now have a say and fortunately for us, Supreme Court nullified what we call the Ori -Ekpe tradition early this year that the girl child should be entitled to her father’s properties. Whether the man is alive or dead, she must be considered. This is what we are carrying home from the Yoruba land to the Igbo land and it is working.”
Eze Nwachukwu explained that he Igbo leadership was constituted in Lagos not to challenge the existing authority but to preserve the culture of the Igbo people and described Colonel Nwako as a good and honest man.
“He is a man that has helped us to fight problems; anywhere we have problems he comes to help us fight it. He is a man who takes one’s problem to be his problem. And that was what made us to request him to come to our assistance in making sure that we come and see you, Kabiyesi so that we will be in the same page with you. So that anywhere we have any issue, when we beckon on him, he will do the needful.’’
He applauded Mr. Akinwumi Ambode and Bola Ahmed Tinubu for their support promising that Igbos would continue to be loyal citizens in the state.
Meanwhile, A former governor of Abia, Dr Orji Kalu, said that Nigeria has 'gone past quit notice' as the various ethnic groups that make up the country have lived harmoniously for many years.
Kalu, who was referring to the quit notice issued to Igbo people to leave northern Nigeria by Arewa youths, said everything possible should be done to strengthen the unity of the country.
Kalu said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday July 10 that Nigeria had come to stay but suggested that the country should go back to regionalism.
Watch a NAIJ.com TV video below of Professor Yemi Osinbajo speaking about Nigeria's unity and Biafra: