The north is the safest place for Igbos – Ohanaeze

The north is the safest place for Igbos – Ohanaeze

The Igbo apex socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has described northern Nigeria as one of the safest places for Igbos to live and trade.

The group’s chairman in 19 northern states, Augustine Amaechi, said in Abuja yesterday that the region had complied with Igbos beyond the measures and said it was contributing to their prosperity.

Amaechi acknowledges that there have been skirmishes in the host communities, but noted that it is inevitable because “this is expected in an emerging economy.”

In a call for secession in the south-east, he said agitation was caused by a lack of jobs and employment in the region; emphasizes that as Igbos are traders, they need the north to maintain their financial strength.

In his words:

“Our elders are saying that even if the youth are agitating and angry, we need a restructure of Nigeria and not a division of Nigeria because you can’t 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.

“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 can’t be gotten through propaganda and transparency must be followed.”

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