Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio- cultural organization, has stated that Igbos will leave Nigeria if they so desire.
This was stated in a statement by the group’ s spokesperson, Alex Ogbonnaya, in response to a lawsuit brought by a coalition of Northern parties seeking the South- East’ s expulsion from Nigeria.
Ohanaeze responded by saying that the Igbos could leave the country at any time.
It went on to say that no one or group in Project Nigeria has the authority to act superior to another.
” Because no group has the authority to order another to quit or leave Nigeria, Igbos have as much right in Nigeria as any other ethnic group, ” the organisation said in a statement. To that extent, Igbos will only leave Nigeria if they want to, not because of the actions of another tribe.
” On the other hand, the Igbo have sacrificed far more than any other ethnic group for Nigeria’ s corporate survival. Igbos have sacrificed far more than any other community for Nigeria’ s corporate existence, and this is undeniable. ”
” Those who have made the most sacrifices should be the ones to talk about ownership of the country. ”
According to the organisation, Nigerians are primarily Igbos, Yorubas, and others, with some of ” these coalitions hailing from far- flung parts of West Africa. ”
” They’ re indefinite. ” They aren’ t even recognized. ”
Remember that the Northern Groups alliance filed a lawsuit in which they asked the court to compel the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives to expedite the South- eastern region’ s separation from Nigeria.
They argued that this should be done before the current revision to Nigeria’ s constitution is completed.
The secession request was contained in a suit filed by a group of northern elders and politicians led by Nastura Shariff, Balarabe Rufa’ I, Abdul- Aziz Sulaiman, and Aminu Adam, and titled FHC/ABJ/CS/538/2021.
They stated in their lawsuit that enabling the Igbo to secede would cease the bloodshed and destruction in the region.
They also stated that this will prevent a replay of the 1967- 1970 civil war in Nigeria, which resulted in indiscriminate killings and destruction of property.
The coalition also claimed that this would put an end to the agitations spearheaded by Nnamdi Kanu’ s Indigenous People of Biafra.
They asked for a declaration that, under the combined effect of Section 4 of the Nigerian constitution and Articles 1, 2, and 20(1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act 2004, the National Assembly, as the fourth defendant, is ” empowered to set in motion a framework for a referendum to allow the South- eastern region of the country to become a federal republic. ”