A group of Southern elders have met and said that no region will meaningfully benefit from the disintergration of the nation.
At a meeting, Tuesday, the elders led by Nigeria’s former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Christopher Kolade, Prof Anya O. Anya and attended by Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Senator Ebenezer Ikenyina, Gen. Ike Nwachukwu (Rtd), Navy Capt. Alison Maduekwe (retd), Senator Oladipo Olaitan, Ambassador Uche Okeke, among others, the elders saif they believe in the progress and good governance in the country.
Operating under the aegis of YIIEGBA, the group said staying together and working together is the only viable way to go. They said there is no alternative to one Nigeria, adding that as elders they shall do everything necessary to keep Nigeria one.
Kolade warned that those who underwent the civil war should not keep quite now that some groups are clamouring for violence against the state.
He appealed against hate speeches and other acts capable of disintegrating the nation, saying the price for peace are always cheaper than that of war.
Anya, who is co-chairman of the coalition, advocated that the nation must restructure to avoid the looming conflagrations.
He assured that the coalition will continue to push for a new Nigeria “with equity, fairness and progress”.
Afenifere leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, in his remarks, advised those beating the war to calm, saying non-violence approach remains the most viable way to resolve nagging problems in the country.