This is according to Augustine Amaechi, the chairman of the party in the 19 northern states, who spoke yesterday in Abuja.
According to reports, Amaechi, while recognising that there have been several clashes with their host populations, observed that this is inevitable because “it is expected in a developing economy.”
He said that the agitation for secession coming from the South-East is a result of a lack of jobs in the area, emphasising that the Igbo depend on the north to sustain their financial power.
He said, “Our elders are saying that even if the youth are agitating and angry, we need a restructure of Nigeria and not a division of Nigeria because you can’t sell what you produce in your village to make big sales like in Alaba Market in Lagos.”
On his own part, the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, George Obiozor, called for peace and unity, adding that the Igbo nation is not at war with anybody.
“All we want is to be treated equally with other people. It is time for us to speak truth to power. We need peace and unity and they can’t be gotten through propaganda and transparency must be followed,” he said.