Igbo leaders pledge support for Nigeria’s unity


Igbo leaders from the 31 states of the federation outside the south-east zone and in the Diaspora have pledged their commitment to the unity and development of Nigeria.

They made the pledge on Friday in Jos, during a call on the Plateau State Deputy Governor, Sonni Tyoden.

The leader of the delegation, Pampas Ebu, the leader of the Igbo in Minna, Niger state, said his people would never do anything to compromise the unity of Nigeria.¨

He called on government at all levels to guarantee their safety wherever they reside and that of the entire Nigeria citizens.

Mr. Pampas said his delegation was made up of representatives of Igbo traditional rulers living outside the south-east state and in the Diaspora who were in the Plateau State capital for a quarterly meeting.

He said the traditional rulers chose to hold their meeting in Jos to showcase the return of peace in state.

“We are here in Jos for our quarterly meeting of all Igbo traditional rulers from states outside Igbo own states, as an indication of the return of peace in Jos”, he said.

“The security of people and property is paramount to us, we as leaders will ensure that our subjects abide by government policies and programmes.”

Responding, the deputy governor, Mr. Tyoden, assured the traditional rulers of adequate security of not just Igbo people, but everyone living in the state.

“Security of our citizens is key to us as a government, because without an enduring security and peace, there can’t be development.

“I want to use this medium to affirm that Igbo speaking people are friends of Plateau state, your contributions in the economy cannot be underestimated,” Mr. Tyoden said.

The meeting of the Igbo leaders is scheduled to end on Saturday.

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