Chairman, South East Council of Traditional Rulers, HRM, Eze (Dr) Cletus Ilomuanya, has stated that the Igbos will not leave the northern part of the country insisting that every Nigerian is free to leave and do legitimate business in any part of the country he wishes. He cautioned “youths in the North against threatening the unity of the country by inflammatory and divisive utterances to avoid igniting ethnic conflagration”.
Eze Ilomuanya, who also restated that his forgiveness of Governor Rochas Okorocha’s attack on him “was genuine and devoid of any undertone”, pointed out that “it takes a man with a broad heart like him to forgive the governor”.
The monarch spoke in Owerri, Imo State, at two different events when he received Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC), Imo State branch and Association for Media Communication Development, which conferred on him, “Distinguished Royal Father-Award” for exemplary conduct and leadership.
According to him, “Nigerians are one people irrespective of our ethnic-religious, linguistic and tribal diversities. We must preach peace and unity as a way out of any serious problem or challenge facing us as a nation”. He stressed that anybody advocating for anything that would lead to disunity is unpatriotic. “The socio-economic and political setback associated with disintegration is too enormous to be ignored” he cautioned.
He condemned the eviction order on Igbos in the North by the Arewa Youth and praised Nigerians who have spoken in condemnation of such threat. He said Igbos have contributed to the socio-economic and political development of Nigeria and cannot be treated as second class citizens anywhere in the country.
On Okorocha, he said “I pray God also forgives him. He is my brother and I harbor no ill feeling towards him but what he did to me is unimaginable. I thank God for Rule of Law and our judiciary”.