The Lagos Chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural group in Nigeria has said the Igbo would not leave Nigeria, even as they reiterated the fact that Nigeria would not disintegrate.
The President of Ohanaeze in Lagos, Dr. Domferguson Okoli stated this when he and other Igbo leaders, Eze Ndigbo of Lagos state, Eze Christian Uchechukwu Nwachukwu and the executives of Ohanaeze, led a delegation to the Ikorodu Oba’s Palace recently.
Their visit was following the inauguration of Colonel Reuben Nwako (rtd) as the Chairman of Ohanaeze Ikorodu Division. They presented him and other traditional leaders in the area to His Royal Majesty, Oba Adewale Shotobi, Adegorushen V, the Ayangburen of Ikorodu and his Cabinet members, for recognition.
Speaking at the Oba’s Palace, Ferguson said the only way Nigeria would move forward was when the Igbo and the Yoruba come together to build the country. He told the Oba not to be moved by the noise about disintegration, adding that with the kind of infrastructural and economic developments coming to Ikorodu, it would be impossible for Ndigbo to leave the area.
“Kabiyesi mark my word, the problem that we are having is not the Hausa Fulani but the unity of Igbo and the Yoruba. Once they agree to work and unite together, it shall be well for this country. The entire Africa is looking up to the Igbo and the Yoruba. That is why people like you are going to work round the clock to make it happen. Nigeria shall be one, we shall not disintegrate, and we shall work together.”
DomFerguson further revealed that the adoption of Colonel Nwako as Chairman of Ohanaeze Ikorodu Division would help to put Ndigbo in the area together and work with the people for the peace and progress of the area.
He told the Oba to feel free to send any Igbo man or woman on an errand, adding that they are at the Oba’s beck and call and would serve his kingdom as he has done well for Ndigbo in his area.
Culled from Dailysun
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