Amid growing ethnic tensions in Nigeria, the United Nations (UN) has called for tolerance among the various tribes in the country.
The world body expressed concern over media reports of an ultimatum issued by some northern youth groups at Arewa House on Tuesday in Kaduna that Igbo should leave the North by October 1, 2017.
The youths had said that their action was prompted by a sit-down-strike in the five states of South East on May 30 to mark the 50th anniversary of Biafra.
The UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, said on Thursday that, “We have to work together to resolve peacefully any concerns that different groups in the country may have. I am heartened by reactions of leaders from all over the country condemning this ultimatum.”
Kallon called for tolerance and the spirit of togetherness in transparency to address the concerns of all the citizens in a peaceful manner, while ensuring that no one is left behind in the quest for sustainable development.
He further urged cultural and religious leaders to play their part in guiding the youths to settle differences peacefully.
The UN chief canvassed the re-invigoration of the National Peace Committee which worked tirelessly during the elections period in 2015 to play a role and address the current concerns that impinge on the peace of the country.
He said: “Nigeria is a great country with immense potential to build the welfare of its population and lead Africa in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This can only be achieved in an atmosphere of the rule of law and peace, where all citizens live happily irrespective of their ethnic or religious backgrounds.”