Igbo Delegates Assembly, IDA, a group of Igbos in the 19 northern states and Abuja, has appealed to the federal government to dialogue with Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and leaders of other groups clamouring for a course.
In a statement signed by Chi Nwogu and Austine Ifedinezi, president general and secretary of the assembly, respectively, according to Dailypost, urged the federal government to take drastic steps to put Nigeria “on a path of peaceful co-existence, through equitable distribution of patronage and infrastructural development.”
The assembly, after a three-day meeting in Abuja, urged the government to dismiss the idea of revoking Kanu’s bail.
IDA asserted that the surge in favour of the establishment of the Biafra state was an agitation to the socio-economic imbalances in Nigeria which would dispel once the imbalances are genuinely addressed.
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The group added that “together as a people and persuade the federal government to put in place a framework for equitable existence in the Nigerian project.
“This should be done through the convocation of a sovereign conference, of the component ethnic nationalities, or an adoption of the reports of the 2014 National Conference.”
On the withdrawal of the October 1, 2017 quit notice on Igbo in the North by Arewa youths, the assembly praised prominent northerners who worked for peace as well as the courage of the coalition in backing down.
“It is on this note that we appeal to security agencies to be on guard throughout the period to prevent any breakdown of law and order in any part of Nigeria, especially in the north,” it said.