According to Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, the northern part of Nigeria is one of the best areas for the Igbo ethnic group to live and do business.
Augustine Amaechi, the chairman of the party representing the 19 northern states, stated this yesterday in Abuja.
Eko hot blog gathered that 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.”
He explained that the agitation for secession coming from the South-East is a result of a lack of jobs in the area, emphasizing that the Igbo depend on the north to sustain their financial power.
“Even if the youth are agitated and angry,” he said, “our elders are saying that we need a restructure of Nigeria, 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 own part, the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, George Obiozor, 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.