The northern region of Nigeria, according to Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, is one of the safest places for the Igbo ethnic community to live and do business.
This was confirmed by Augustine Amaechi, the chairman of the party serving the 19 northern states, in Abuja yesterday.
Although Amaechi admitted that there have been some conflicts with their host cultures, he explained that such conflicts are unavoidable in a developing economy.
He explained that the agitation for secession coming from the South-East is a result of a shortage 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.”
President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, George Obiozor, called for peace and reconciliation, emphasizing that the Igbo people are not at odds with anybody.
“All we want is to be handled the same as everyone else. It’s past time for us to confront the powers that be with the facts. We need peace and harmony, and we can’t get them by propaganda, so we need transparency,” he said.