QUIT NOTICE ON IGBOS: UNITED NATIONS CALLS ON ETHNIC GROUPS IN NIGERIA TO WORK TOWARDS PEACE
United Nations has called for ethnic groups in Nigeria to work towards peace as they react to the 90 days quit notice ultimatum the Igbos were given in the north. QUIT NOTICE ON IGBOS: UNITED NATIONS CALLS ON ETHNIC GROUPS IN NIGERIA TO WORK TOWARDS PEACE
UN asks the religious bodies in Nigeria to guide the youths to resolve their differences as the youth were the ones that stirred controversy by issuing the quit notice asking the Igbos to leave the North within three months. QUIT NOTICE ON IGBOS: UNITED NATIONS CALLS ON ETHNIC GROUPS IN NIGERIA TO WORK TOWARDS PEACE
The international body also called on the peace committee to stop the issue of the ultimatum that was given.
Premium Times reports that Edward Kallon who is the UN resident coordinator in Nigeria in a statement on Thursday, June 8, called for peace. QUIT NOTICE ON IGBOS: UNITED NATIONS CALLS ON ETHNIC GROUPS IN NIGERIA TO WORK TOWARDS PEACE
He urged different ethnic groups in the country to be more tolerant noting that the ultimatum was issued after a sit-at-home protest by Biafra agitators.
Kallon said: “We have to work together to resolve peacefully any concern that different groups in the country may have. “I am heartened by reactions of leaders from all over the country condemning this ultimatum. “UN calls for tolerance and a spirit of togetherness in transparency to address the concerns of all the citizens in a peaceful manner.” He also called on the cultural and religious leader to use their positions to guide the youths to settle their differences peacefully. The UN coordinator also stressed the need to re-invigorate the National Peace Committee as it could play a vital role in addressing the issue at the moment.
He noted that the committee worked to maintain peace during the 2015 general elections. “Nigeria is a great country with the immense potential to build the welfare of its population and lead Africa in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. “This can only be achieved in an atmosphere of the rule of law and peace where all citizens live happily irrespective of their ethnic or religious backgrounds.
“I commend the Federal and State Governments, youth and civil society leaders, security agencies, cultural and religious leaders for their efforts to promote peace in the country. “The UN is ready to continue supporting Nigeria to build an enduring democracy in peace, prosperity, and respect for diversity,” he said