Yoruba/Igbo Handshake Meeting: Group Cautions against Betrayal

www.odogwublog.com reports that as the handshake meeting between the Igbo and Yoruba leaders holds at the Events centre, Enugu, Enugu state today, a group, South East Faith based political summit has cautioned against leaders from either sides betraying the meeting to the detriment of the people of southern Nigeria in particular and the generality of Nigerians who look up to them to come up with progressive ideas on the way forward for the country.

The statement signed by the group’s Director of Mobilization and Publicity, Evangelist Sunny John Chidebelu (Jnr) also enjoined Yoruba and Igbo leaders to discuss and pursue the restructuring of Nigeria in concert with other progressive minded Nigerians from the South-South, the middle Belt and the core North and agree to support a presidential candidate that will embark on restructuring the country come 2019 general elections.

The  group said in a statement in Awka yesterday that the leaders should avoid the mistakes of the past where leaders from the two geo-political zones of South East and South West couldn’t reconcile their differences and allowed a situation where their people were easily manipulated politically and subjected to second class citizens in a country their fore-fathers fought very hard to liberate from the shackles of colonialism.
The handshake meeting between the Igbo and Yoruba leaders which holds in Enugu today (Thursday) learnt is a continuation of an earlier meeting by leaders of  both groups held in Lagos about a fortnight ago to unite the people of Southern Nigeria to be able to speak with one voice on issues that affect them.

The meeting is being convened by Chief Yinka Odumakin, an Afenifere chieftain from the south west, Chief Fami Fani-kayode, a former minister of Aviation, from the South west, and the Enugu state president of Ohaneze Ndigbo, and former Special Assistant to the Deputy Senate President. Ike Ekweremadu, as well as former president of Ohaneze Ndigbo in Enugu, Chief Eric Ebe among others.
The group advised Igbo leaders to the meeting to concentrate on building bridges which the “hand shake” meeting was meant to achieve and allow merit and the rule of law guide and direct their deliberations and not the unnecessary rivalry between Yoruba and Igbo leaders.
 “Let Southern Nigerian leaders combine forces with progressive Northerners, particularly tested middle Belt leaders and produce a Nigerian president who would be progressive, patriotic and fair to all”, the statement said. 

Yoruba/Igbo Handshake Meeting: Group Cautions against Betrayal Yoruba/Igbo Handshake Meeting: Group Cautions against Betrayal Reviewed by Odogwu Emeka Odogwu on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Rating: 5

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