The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has asked leaders of the South-East to prevail on secessionists groups in Igbo land to sheathe their sword in order to avoid another civil war.
The Northern Elders spoke while briefing journalists after a meeting in Abuja.
According to the NEF, in the statement by its spokesman, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, the silence of Igbo leaders is no longer golden in the face of alleged killings of northerners in the region.
He however noted that the North have resolved not to allow another war happen in Nigeria, saying that instead, the South-East should be allowed to have Biafra.
“The Forum has arrived at the difficult conclusion that if support for secession among the Igbo is as widespread as it is being made to look, and Igbo leadership appears to be in support of it, then the country should be advised not stand in its way,” Baba-Ahmed said.
“It will not be the best choice for the Igbo or Nigerians to leave a country we have all toiled to build and a country we all have responsibility to fix, but it will not help a country already burdened with failures on its knees to fight another war to keep the Igbo in Nigeria.
“Until the Igbo decide whether it wants to secede or remain part of Nigeria, the law applies to it, and Federal and State Governors who have responsibility to enforce the law and protect citizens must enforce it.”
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