The Igbos Are Not Leaving Nigeria, They Are Major Shareholders In The Country, Says Iwuanyanwu
FCT, Abuja – Popular southeast politician, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has urged the advocates of the break-up of Nigeria to sheath their sword, saying it will be a calamity for Nigerians and entire Africans if Nigeria disintegrates.
Iwuanyanwu, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party board of trustees stated this during his investiture as the grand patron of the National Abuja Football Tournament by the Society for Promotion of Sports in Abuja. He said;
“It is a painful thing to me that at this stage of my life, Nigeria is at the point of disintegration and it will be a calamity for Nigerians and Africans if people allow this country to disintegrate. Let us not make mistakes about it.
“There are some people who are saying let Igbo go, that is a very big mistake they are making. The Igbos are not going anywhere. If Nigeria is a corporate entity, the Igbo are major shareholders, they have investment everywhere and you can’t just push them away.
“Igbo can’t go, that is the truth. Even if others want to go, the Igbo will remain because in terms of investment they are the major shareholders.”
Meanwhile, the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has clarified its stance over secessionist agitations in the southeast.
In a statement issued by its Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro and seen by Legit.ng, the group said the silence of Igbo leaders does not mean support for the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The group noted that the agitations were borne out of frustrations from the Nigerian government’s discrimination against the southeast people.
Similarly, Igbo elders and traditional rulers and under the aegis of Igbo Delegates Assembly (IDA) and the Association of the Eze Ndigbo in 19 northern states of the federation have disowned IPOB.