Ohanaeze pledges commitment to nation’s unity
The President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nnia Nwodo, has pledged the group’s commitment to the unity of Nigeria. He made the promise yesterday in Sokoko, when he paid Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal a courtesy visit.
In line with the earlier declaration by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa-ad Abubakar in solidarity with the Igbo, Nwodo said: “Any Igbo who wants to touch northerners in the southeast should first kill John Nwodo.”
He said, having witnessed the civil war, he would never wish the country to ever experience another civil war, adding that: ‘’God will not forgive us if we do not do all in our power to avert it.”
Nwodo, who was the Minister of Information in the Second Republic, said the country was passing through a very trying period, adding that the last few months were akin to the period before the 30-month civil war.
He explained that his visit to Sokoto and other parts of the north was at the instance of southeast governors, stressing that ethnic tension had grown to a stage that it was threatening to tear the country apart.
Nwodo commended Tambuwal and other leaders for their timely intervention, which had saved the country from a terrible situation. The Igbo leader recalled the spirit of harmonious co-existence among Nigerians while he was growing up and how the Yoruba voted for him against their son to become the students’ union president at the University of Ibadan.
He acknowledged that every part of the country had grievances, but added that there were laid down procedures for resolving them. “We thank God that President Muhammadu Buhari is back and we hope that he would soon provide the mechanism by which these issues could be resolved,” he said.
Tambuwal said discussion on peaceful co-existence should be continuous, because nation building is a process, noting Nigeria is a very complex country because of the many languages and tribes.
He urged Nigerians “to live and preach peace,” reminding them that the various tribes were in existence and doing things together even before the proclamation of Nigeria as a nation.
“How then should somebody say leave Sokoto? Leave Sokoto for where,” the governor asked.