Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, has revealed when Igbos will depart Nigeria.
The organization made the admission in a statement issued by its spokesman, Chief Chiedozie Ogbonnia, in response to a complaint launched by a coalition of Northern parties seeking the South-secession East’s from Nigeria.
The Igbos, according to Ogbonnia, will leave the country whenever they choose. He went on to say that no one or group in Project Nigeria has the authority to act superior to another.
“Because no group has right whatsoever to ask another to go or to ask another to leave Nigeria, Igbos have as much right in Nigeria as any other ethnic group. And to that extent, Igbos will leave Nigeria only when they wish to do so but not on the instrumentality of another group.”
“On the other hand, Igbo has sacrificed much more than any other group for the corporate existence of Nigeria. I repeat, Igbos have sacrificed much more than any other group for the corporate existence of Nigeria and it is not in doubt.”
“So, if any group should talk about ownership of the country it is those who have sacrificed more.
He added that the Indigeinity of Nigeria largely boils down to the Igbos, Yorubas and others while some of “these coalition come from distant places in West-Africa”.
“They are indeterminate. They are not even known.”