The Chairman of Ohaneze Youths Council (OYC), Mr Chinedu Arthur-Ugwa, in Bayelsa has urged members of the group to remain law abiding and peaceful across the nation.
Arthur-Ugwa gave the advice against the backdrop of a quit notice purportedly issued to Ndigbo by the Arewa Youths to leave the Northern parts of the country.
He said in Yenagoa that preliminary investigations indicate that the purported quit order had no basis and should be disregarded as Igbos were an integral part of Nigeria.
Arthur-Ugwa said, “The leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo under the Leadership of Chief Nnia Nwodo is on top of the situation and there is no cause for alarm following assurances from Norther leaders, our people have no need to fear.
“In the coming days the leadership of Ohaneze will take a position but we in the youth wing of Ohaneze urge our people to refrain from panic because there is simply no need for it.
“The Ohaneze Ndigbo has been working tirelessly to strengthen the bond of unity amongst Ndigbo and their hosts across the country and that has yielded to peace and harmony across ethnic divides.
“Further assurances have also been given by the Minister of Interior, Lt-Gen Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (Rtd), that there is no need cause for alarm.”
The youth leader noted that reports of the quit notice were a distraction to Ndigbo who have a history of peaceful co-existence with their host communities in every part of the country.
It would be recalled that the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has condemned the statement and ordered the arrest of the Arewa Youths that purportedly issued the quit notice.