By Emmanuel Elebeke
The Youths from the South-South zone of the country under the aegis of Oil & Solid Mineral Producing Area Landlords Association of Nigeria (OMPALAN) have condemned in its entirety the statement credited to the coalition of Northern youths, calling on the Igbos to quit the North before October 1st.
The youths noted that what Nigeria needs now is “Peace and Unity” which is chief among the Vision & Mission of OMPALAN.
In a statement signed by their leaders, Hon. Benjamin Ngokanya and Captain John Victor Etim and made available to Vanguard, the group frowned at the motive of the sponsors of the controversial statement and wondered what the sponsors of the hate speech would say
about North East and Boko Haram that had cost the country so much resources and brought her disrepute in the eyes of the international community.
They called on the authorities to look beyond the frontiers and appreciate the damage done to the image of Nigeria by Boko Haram within the comity of nations and take appropriate actions to check the unfolding distrust.
“If the Igbos are unfit to live in the North because they are allegedly causing problems for the Nigerian State, what do we say about the North East and Boko Haram?
“We cannot blame the entire Igbo’s or South East region for the isolated actions of a tiny but, vocal group (IPOB and MASSOP) in the same way the North East region cannot be blamed and penalized for the monumental destructions and killings occasioned by Boko Haram, which has cost the tax payer in Nigeria trillions of Naira.
“All forms of agitations and threats for secession across the country should cease forthwith. Our political leaders and elders should come to a round table discussing without further delay to fashion a way forward for our dear country and remove the fragile peace process from limbo aware that so many countries are looking up to us for leadership and inspiration,” they added.
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