A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has said that Igbo never mandated anybody to talk about breaking away from the country.
‘‘I am an Igbo man and a leader.
‘‘I was the Chairman of Planning and Strategy of Ohaneze Ndigbo, so when you talk of any decision on the Igbo, it must have my consent.
‘‘Igbo have never mandated anybody to go and talk about secession.
‘‘We have heard that some youths reversed the call for the exit of the Igbo form the north.
‘‘l am happy that Nigerian leaders as well as the governors are coming up to say that Igbo are safe in their places.
‘‘Iwuanyanwu assured Igbo of their safety in every part of the country.
‘‘Many Igbo in the north have been coming to me asking me of what to do; I want to assure them that nobody is going to hurt them.
‘‘We all stand for one Nigeria and in future if anybody makes a statement, nobody should generalise and say it is Igbo,’’ he added.
According to him, there are good and terrible people amongst the Igbo as it is in other tribes.
‘‘People should stop generalising individual’s comment as if it were the general Igbo who made the comment.
‘‘I am happy that the President (Muhammadu Buhari) has said that anyone who made threatening comments would be disciplined and he has said he would put security measures to protect them.
‘‘Therefore, Igbo shouldn’t go anywhere.
Source: Daily Trust