Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Igbo apex socio-cultural group, has described northern Nigeria as one of the safest places for Igbos to live in and conduct their business.
Augustine Amaechi, Chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in the 19 northern states, said this in Abuja on Friday.
According to Amaechi, the northern region had accommodated Igbo people beyond measures, saying that accounted for their prosperity.
While acknowledging that there have been some skirmishes with their host communities, Amaechi was quoted as saying that the situation is unavoidable as “it is expected in a developing economy”.
The Ohanaeze leader said the agitation for secession coming from the South-East is a result of a lack of employment in the region, stressing that the Igbo need the north for their financial strength to be maintained.
“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,” he said.
On his own part, George Obiozor, President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, called for peace and unity, adding that the 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,” he said.