Quit Order: United Nations Finally React to Call by Northern Group for Referendum and Ultimatum Given to Igbos

Quit Order: United Nations Finally React to Call by Northern Group for Referendum and Ultimatum Given to Igbos

The United Nations through its Resident Coordinator in Nigeria,
expressed concern with the ultimatum issued by some youths in the North
for the Igbo people to vacate the region.

We had reported earlier
that the Coalition of Northern Groups called on the Federal Government
to initiate a process allowing the Igbo to vote in a referendum that
will allow them to have an independent state of Biafra.
The group, which comprised of the Arewa Citizens Action for Change;
Arewa Youth Consultative Forum; Arewa Youth Development Foundation;
Arewa Students Forum; and the Northern Emancipation Network, in a
statement issued on Thursday, urged international bodies such as the
ECOWAS, AU and the UN to hasten the initiation of the process for the
final actualisation of the Biafran nation.
In a swift reaction, the United Nations on Thursday, called on
different ethnic tribes and groups in Nigeria to be more tolerant to
ensure unity and peace in the country.
Edward Kallon, the UN resident coordinator in Nigeria, said this in
reaction to an ultimatum issued by northern youth groups calling for
all Igbo people to leave northern Nigeria by October 1.
“We have to work together to resolve peacefully any concern that different groups in the country may have,” Kallon said in a statement.
“I am heartened by reactions of leaders from all over the country condemning this ultimatum.

“UN calls for tolerance and a spirit of togetherness in
transparency to address the concerns of all the citizens in a peaceful
He said this should be done in such a way that no one was left
behind in the quest for sustainable development, and urged cultural and
religious leaders to play their part in guiding the youth to settle
differences peacefully.
Kallon also stressed the need to re-invigorate the national peace
committee, as it could play a role in addressing the current concerns
that impinge on the peace of the country.
He recalled that the committee worked tirelessly during the election period in 2015.
“Nigeria is a great country with immense potential to build the
welfare of its population and lead Africa in meeting the Sustainable
Development Goals.

“This can only be achieved in an atmosphere of the rule of law
and peace where all citizens live happily irrespective of their ethnic
or religious backgrounds.

“I commend the Federal and State Governments, youth and civil
society leaders, security agencies, cultural and religious leaders for
their efforts to promote peace in the country.

“The UN is ready to continue supporting Nigeria to build an enduring democracy in peace, prosperity and respect for diversity,” Kallon said.
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