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Biafra: why IPOB, MASSOB, others must stop agitation- group

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People take part in a demonstration in Abidjan, on May 30, 2019 during a Freedom March for Biafra PHOTO: Getty Images

A foremost socio-cultural youth organization of Igbo extraction, Igbo Youth Assembly (IYA) has called on various Igbo groups clamouring for secession from Nigeria to stop their agitation and embrace activities that sustain national unity and peace.

The call was contained in a statement jointly signed by the President-General, Ifeanyi Nwaudunna and Secretary-General, Casmir Irekamba after their virtual general assembly and made available to journalists in Owerri, yesterday.

The group accused some Igbo leaders of being selfish, myopic; and misguiding the youths into agitating for succession which according to them was not in the best interest of the Igboland.

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The statement reads in part, “Nigeria as a nation and country is better united and remains as one indivisible entity. If divided or disintegrated, will lose its glory of diversity, economic, political-miltary- numerical-technical power and strength”.

“It is very unfortunate that this misguided agitation from these Igbo groups has adversely affected the peace-loving and hardworking Igbos doing their legitimate businesses all over Nigeria. So, of what basis will any well-meaning Igbo person call for secession and disintegration of Nigeria”.

It continued, “We condemn strongly the actions of those myopic and selfish “old brigade” leaders who are fraternizing with those against the unity, peace and the general interest of Nigeria in the guise of Igbo marginalization.

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“What Igbos need at this moment is to strategize politically towards 2023; form strong alliances across the North and South to be fully involved in National engagements”.

The group furthered, “the threat by IPOB, MASSOB, others and their sponsors on secession are not in the best interest of Igbo people; hence such agitation for secession must be jettisoned forthwith.

“No true Igbo leader or patriot will clamour for Nigeria disintegration, but would rather seek for a united prosperous Nigeria.”

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