Northern and Southern Youths sign Peace Pact, Ohaneze takes Peace Campaign to Sokoto

by on September 22, 2017

Leaders of Nigerian youth groups and ethnic nationalities from the Southern and Northern parts of the coun­try have signed an accord to work for a united, peaceful and prosperous country.

After meeting in Abuja on Thursday, the groups em­phasised the need for Nige­ria to remain one where the rights of all citizens to live peacefully in any part of the country are guaranteed.

They issued a communiqué which was signed by N. A. Shariff of the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), Mazi Isiguzoro of the Ohanaeze Youths Council Worldwide (OYC), Barr. Oweilaemi Peretubo of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Prince Dapo Adepoju of the Yoruba Youth Congress (YYC), Comrade Israel Uwejeyan of the Niger Delta Youth Congress (NDYC), Mike Msuaan of the Tiv Youth, Imoh Stephen Okoko of the Ibibio Youth Council (IYC).

Others are Yerima Shetti­ma for the Arewa Youth Con­sultative Forum (AYCF), Ogbe­bor Emmanuel of the Urhobo Youth Forum (UYF), and Idoko Ben of the Olohi-wole Idoma National Advancement Project.

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In a joint statement titled: “Towards Social Cohesion and National Unity,” the youths de­clared that all Nigerians have the moral duty to be their brothers’ keepers in any part of Nigeria.

They reiterated the reassur­ance by Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) to the Igbo and other ethnic groups resident in the North of their safety and the guarantee that they reserved the right to pursue their legitimate businesses without fear.

The Ohanaeze Youth Coun­cil Worldwide also asked all Northerners and members of other ethnic nationalities res­ident in the South East to go about their businesses without any fear, adding that their safe­ty is guaranteed.

The groups said that they were dedicated to a cause that will bring Nigerians together to discuss the framework for the future in which every citi­zen will live in peace where his or her rights are protected, op­portunities enhanced and the future secured. This is will dis­cussed at a summit to be con­vened in October 2017.

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Ohanaeze takes unity cam­paign to Sokoto

And for Nigeria to remain united, the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. John Nnia Nwodo, has urged all Ni­gerians to promote virtues of peace and tolerance for one an­other, so as to promote the uni­ty of the country.

Speaking when he led mem­bers of the pan-Igbo body on a courtesy visit to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal in Sokoto, Nwodo said that Nige­ria should never be allowed to undergo another civil war.

He said although Nigeria is passing a challenging time, the cohesion that existed over the years was worthy of being maintained.

Nwodo said: “Yes, our coun­try is facing a trying period, but we should not, under any cir­cumstance, allow the experi­ence of another civil war to hap­pen again. We should not allow personal emotions to under­mine our national unity.”

Nwodo, who said the visit was at the instance of the South­east governors, assured of their cooperation for peaceful coex­istence among the ethnic na­tionalities in the country.

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He commended the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abuba­kar III, who “in the face of the ongoing ethnic tensions, por­trayed himself as a father by stating recently that ‘whoever wants to attack the Igbo, should attack him, first.

“In the same vein, I came with the assurances of South East governors that any Igbo who wants to kill a northern­er, should first kill them,” Nwo­do said.

In his remarks, Gover­nor Tambuwal said that Nige­ria is blessed with many ethnic groups and languages, which he said, should be used to promote unity, not division.

“The recent tension espe­cially in the South East was caused by young men who do not understand any other way of channelling their grievanc­es other than the way they have chosen.

“I assure you that we are at peace with each other here in Sokoto and we shall continue to be,” Tambuwal said.

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  • Egwu Franklin
    September 22, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Comment…The only thing that will a lasting peace is when you Nlia Nwodo help in bring our leader,Nnamdi Kanu in a sound mood.Again,if the North should treat everyone equally.No one should be seen as second-hand citizen.If nothing outside is done,then no peace,i mean peace will be far fetched in this self-damaged nation.You can be killing us and espect to ae serenity. We are not cows,we are wiser than you think.In case you don’t know,this not IPOB things,but a mass revolution that will wipe both the North and the foolish Igbos that backs this evil against humanity.For crying out loud,what did we do to treated this way in our own nation?


  • Specs
    September 22, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Very wonderful move by the coalition of the youths . Don’t allow anybody or any group to derail you on this your noble cause . Imbibe the spirit of EQUITY AND JUSTICE BECAUSE PEACE IS ITS ONLY OFFSPRING . Some old men of my age my try to derail you by telling you , “THIS IS THE WAY WE HAVE BEEN DOING IT ” . Simply ask them politely , “AND WHERE HAS IT TAKEN US TO ” . I wish you success . In fact you will succeed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! .


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