Ndigbo are not fretting over the October 1, 2017 deadline given to them by some northern youth groups to vacate the region, the Deputy Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, Hon. Cosmas Ndukwe, has said.
Ndukwe said that although it was an established fact that the Igbo of the South East region are marginalised in Nigeria, majority of them still believe in the country’s unity.
He spoke at the weekend in Abuja when a delegation of his kinsmen from Item community in Bende Local Government Area of Abia State came to inform him of their decision to honour for his achievements in politics and philanthropy.
The delegation, under the auspices of Item Union, Abuja (IUA) was led by the association’s President, Mr. Stephen Ukeje and chairman of the Organising Committee for the forthcoming Item Reception Day in Abuja, Mr. Jenson Okereke.
Ndukwe, one-time Chief of Staff to a former governor of Abia State, stressed that Igbo states stand on the demand for restructuring, even as he pointed out that the efforts to redress the marginalisation of the South East region requires more tact than being displayed by some pro-Biafra groups.
According to him, “We the leaders of thought in Igbo land are not calling for the division of this nation, we are not supporting hate speeches; we are not supporting the moves by so-called Radio Biafra.