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Concern at tensions dividing Igbo and Yoruba

22 June 2015, 08:56

Lagos - The Igbo Conscience, an Igbo think-tank, has expressed concern at what it believes to be souring relations between the Igbo and Yoruba.

Onyekachi Ubani, the Interim Chairman, and Peter Claver Oparah, the Interim Secretary, said hate messages characterised relations between the two tribal groups.

They appealed to both Igbo and Yoruba to give heed to reason and end the tensions.

Officials said the Igbo Conscience wanted to state that they were not and would not agree to the destruction of the cordial relationship that had seen Igbo and Yoruba recording the highest level of inter-tribal marriages in Nigerian history.

“If this is not a solid instance of common bonding that automatically broke down the barriers of hate and rancour, we wonder what else will. We believe that soon, both ethnic nationalities will be overwhelmed by a hybrid of culture that does not tolerate the petty quarrels and unfounded tantrums that are gradually taking over the relationship between both nationalities.”

The Igbo Conscience officials said in the process leading to the election, one of their affiliate groups, the Association for the Defence of Igbo interests in Lagos (ADIL) came out strongly to disavow the hate politics that brought about this worsening situation and affirm the willingness of progressive Igbo to work with Yoruba in Lagos for a common political goal of advancing progressive politics in Lagos.

“We remain committed to that goal, which does not support the rancour marking the relationship between Igbo and Yoruba today. The Igbo Conscience therefore calls for a cessation of hostilities in the degenerating war of attrition between Igbo and Yoruba.”

Recently, the Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu, had told a gathering which had Igbo traditional rulers that they should cast their votes for Akinwunmi Ambode, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) or “perish inside the lagoon.”

The monarch’s statement is said to have angered is the Igbo community in Lagos, even as it came under severe criticism, with christian groups and opposition politicians lambasting him for the utterance.

- CAJ News


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