The Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has reacted to the ultimatum given by the Northern Coalition groups to Igbo living in the North to vacate the region before Oct 1.
Recalled that the Northern Coalition groups in a joint meeting called ‘Kaduna Declaration’ gave Igbo citizens living in the North, October 1, this year to leave the region.
The groups spokesman, Mallam Abdulazeez Suleiman, who read the statement on behalf of others, at the popular Arewa House Kaduna, on Tuesday said, the region was tired of the marriage hence the need for restructuring as been pronounced by many notable Nigerian leaders like former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Sen. Shehu Sani and others.
Abacityblog gathered that their declaration was premised on the shut-down of major towns in south eastern part of the country on May 30, by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and their sponsors.
Reacting over the ultimatum, Osinbajo who spoke at the wedding ceremony of a daughter of former governor of Osun State and former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande, Wuraola and Dr. Olawale Solabi in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital yesterday, urged various ethnic groups in Nigeria to allow peace and unity to reign among them.
While speaking at the ceremony, Osinbajo, who did not approve of the quit notice and acceptance, and did not mention northern youths or IPOB, emphasised unity in diversity as the strength that could make the country survive.
He likened the 1914 amalgamation of the northern and southern protectorates of Nigeria to a marriage, saying different ethnic nationalities in the country were in a form of marriage.
Osinbajo stated that in marriage, challenges such as quarrels and agitations could come up at anytime, but the parties in the union must give peace a chance and work in unity so that the marriage would not hit the rock.
The acting president said while addressing the couple, “Today is a special one for Wale and Wura. Marriage is a very large institution that requires a lot of prayers. It is the same marriage that nations go through. “Our nation has been in marriage for a while now. Sometimes there are quarrels within that marriage. Sometimes there is disagreement. What is important is that you must remain together. You must remain united.”
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