The Igbo apex socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has stated that northern Nigeria remains one of the safest places for Igbos to live in and do their businesses.
Naija News reports that this was made known on Friday by Ohanaeze chairman in the 19 northern states, Augustine Amaechi.
While admitting that there have been some clashes with host communities, Amaechi claimed that the region has accommodated Igbos beyond measures, saying that accounted for their prosperity.
He noted that the clashes were unavoidable as “it is expected in a developing economy.”
Speaking calls for Biafra, the Ohanaeze leader blamed it on the lack of jobs and employment in the region.
According to Amaechi, since Igbos are traders, they need the North to maintain their financial strength.
He said: “Our elders are saying that even if the youth are agitating and angry, we need a restructure of Nigeria and not a division of Nigeria because you can’t sell what you produce in your village to make big sales like in Alaba Market in Lagos.”
On his part, the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, George Obiozor stated that Igbo nation is not at war with anybody.
“All we want is to be treated equally with other people. It is time for us to speak truth to power. We need peace and unity and they can’t be gotten through propaganda and transparency must be followed,” he added.