Yoruba, Igbo leaders in UK meet Nigerian Ambassador, demand justice, fairness

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The leaders demanded that their people be accorded their rightful place in the Nigerian project.

Eminent Yoruba leaders and Ohaneze Ndigbo chieftains have met the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Ambassador Sarafa Ishola, with a demand for equity, fairness and justice in Nigeria.

The meeting which was held at the Nigerian High Commission office in London on Friday, centred on the challenges of insecurity in Africa’s most populous nation and the efforts of the government in tackling it.

The Igbo leaders at the meeting called for the enthronement of equity, justice and fairness in the country, where the Igbo would be accorded their rightful position in the Nigeria project.

On their part, the Yoruba leaders also spoke on the need for Nigerian unity, adding that the Yoruba people would continue to remain in Nigeria.

They, however, demanded that power should evolve to the various components of the federation through restructuring and federalism.

They reiterated the need for true federalism as canvassed by Obafemi Awolowo, a position the sage held until his death.

The Yoruba and Igbo leaders at the meeting reiterated their beliefs in the unity of Nigeria and the need to preserve it as a corporate entity.

The minutes of the meetings, was e-mailed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on Saturday.

The Yoruba leaders were led to the meeting by Adebayo Oladimeji, a Chartered Biologist and Chairman of Nigerian Elders in the UK.

Dr Nnanna Igwe, a medical practitioner and president of the Ohaneze in the UK led his team.

Both parties also stressed the need for dialogue and continuous engagement on matters of concern to all Nigerians, particularly those in the UK.


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