Two Lagos-based Igbo youth groups: The Igbo Youth Forum and The Ndigbo Social Cultural Organization have said that Igbo indigenes can reside in any part of Nigeria. The two groups also warned against threatening of Igbo in the country, saying that they are ‘legal citizens’ of Nigeria.
It would be recalled that the Arewa youths had issued a quit notice to Igbos to vacate Northern Nigeria before October 1, 2017. At a joint press conference held in Lagos on Thursday, the groups’ spokesman, Mr. Charles Udo, expressed displeasure over the “ethnic display” by the Arewa youths:
“We are against the action (quit notice by the Arewa youths). At this stage of our national existence, Nigerians should be able to live anywhere in the region.
Citizens of this country should be more informed now than before. The citizens should move past division along ethnic and religious lines.
Every human being do not decide his country, ethnic, parents, and colour. They are all God creation whose the decision lies solely with.
At this point, we should move away from parochial approach to issues of ethnics and religion in the country, it’s like judging God’s decision. We should learn to accommodate each other as we all are Nigerians.
We are in the age of technology, we need to employ technology in running the affairs of the state. That is an area where the youths need to take advantage of.
The government can solicit for funds on one per cent interest rate and avail such to Nigerian borrowers who will invest such in the new and modern industrial cities that have all it takes to make an investment succeed.”
– Mr. Charles Udo, Spokesman of The Igbo Youth Forum and The Ndigbo Social Cultural Organization, Lagos