Thursday, 15 June 2017

Igbo quit notice: Acting President, Osinbajo meets Igbo and Northern leaders next week

Igbo quit notice: Acting President, Osinbajo meets Igbo and Northern leaders next week

ACTING President Yemi Osinbajo, has scheduled a joint meeting of leaders from Southeast and Northern parts of the country for next week with a view to resolving the impasse over the quit notice issued by the Arewa Youth Congress (AYC) to Igbo living in the North.

President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, who gave the hint on Thursday shortly after his arrival at Enugu International airport, Enugu from Abuja, appealed to the Igbo to remain calm and patient in the face of the tension created by the ugly development, informing that the Acting President has allayed their fears and assured them that the Federal Government would be fair to all.

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Nwodo who was accompanied by some Igbo leaders, including the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN), Professor Charles Soludo and Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Nsukka, Most Rev Prof Godfrey Onah, among others arrived the Akanu Ibiam International Airport on Thursday after their meeting with Professor Osinbajo.

He told reporters at the airport that the acting President copiously offered explanations to the Igbo leaders on the areas of concern they had raised, including their perceived feeling that Ndigbo were being treated as second-class citizens in their own country.

Nwodo spoke further on the dynamics of the meeting with the acting President: “The meeting is still on, we will continue with it next week.

We had the opportunity to present our problems, our apprehension about the safety of our people in Northern Nigeria, the grievances of Ndigbo as it were and the factors that culminated in this impasse that we have in the nation.

“He made copious explanations to us and he announced to us that he had met with the leaders of the Northern Nigeria and that he was going to meet with the traditional rulers over the weekend and he was going to meet with us in a joint meeting with leaders of Northern Nigeria next week.

“He gave assurance to all Igbos living in Northern Nigeria that the Federal Government is doing everything within its power to ensure that their lives were not under threat and that they should feel secured where ever they are doing their businesses and that the responsibility of the government is to ensure security of lives and property.

We were very pleased with those assurances and look forward to another meeting with him next week.

“I want to say to our people that their problems are our problems. All the five governors of the South-Eastern states or their representatives were in the meeting.

Representatives of Ohaneze national executives were there, religious leaders, including those you see with me here were there and we are all concerned about the security imperative in the country,” Nwodo also explained.

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According to him, “The development following the announcement of the Arewa Youths has triggered the state of insecurity in the country. It is the desire of all that this be managed properly so that we can return to normalcy without compromising the issues that gave rise to them.”

On the perceived pensive mood, especially among the youth in the South East, the Ohanaeze leader had these words for them: “I would like them to be patient, I will ask them to be confident that we their fathers will not abandon them and that their fears and misgivings about our marginalisation, our treatment as second-class citizens, that we will put it in the front burner.

“We can’t talk to anybody less than the Acting President of this country and he is very apprehensive of the situation. He has allayed our fears that the Federal Government will be just and fair to all concerned,” he further stated.

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