Ohanaeze Ndigbo which happens to be the highest Igbo socio-cultural organization has responded on when Igbos will secede from Nigeria.
Chief Chidozie Ogbonnia, spokesman to the group made the statement while responding to a suit filed by a coalition of Northern groups seeking secession of South-East from Nigeria.
Ogbonnia said that the Igbos will secede from Nigeria when they want to. He noted that no person or group had the right to act superior to another in the Nigeria Project.
“Because no group has right whatsoever to ask another to go or to ask another to leave Nigeria, Igbos have as much right in Nigeria as any other ethnic group. And to that extent, Igbos will leave Nigeria only when they wish to do so but not on the instrumentality of another group.”
“On the other hand, Igbo has sacrificed much more than any other group for the corporate existence of Nigeria. I repeat, Igbos have sacrificed much more than any other group for the corporate existence of Nigeria and it is not in doubt.”
“So, if any group should talk about ownership of the country it is those who have sacrificed more.”
“They are indeterminate. They are not even known”.
He further on by saying that the indigeinity of Nigeria largely boils down to the Igbos, Yorubas and others while some of “these coalition come from distant places in West-Africa.”