The Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has described Northern Nigeria as one of the safest places for the Igbos to live and do their trades,
The Chairman of the Igbo group in the 19 Northern States, Augustine Amaechi, in Abuja, stated that the North has accommodated Igbos beyond measures, noting that, that accounted for their prosperity in the country.
Amaechi, while acknowledging that there have been some skirmishes with their host communities, noted that it is unavoidable, as “it is expected in a developing economy”.
On the call for secession in the South-East, he stated that the agitation is due to lack of jobs and employment in the region; stressing also that, since the Igbos are Traders, they need the North to maintain their financial strength.
His exact words: “Our Elders are saying that even if the youths are agitating and angry, we need a restructured Nigeria, and not a division of Nigeria, because you cannot sell what you produce in your village, to make big sales like in Alaba Market, in Lagos.”
On his part, the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, George Obiozor, stated that Igbo nation is not at war with anybody.
He said: “All we want is to be treated equally with other people. It is time for us to speak truth to power. We need peace and unity, and they cannot be gotten through propaganda, and transparency must be followed.”