Igbo groups, comprising the Igbo Youth Forum and the Ndigbo Social Cultural Organization, maintained that Igbo natives have the right of residency in any part of the country.
This statement was made by the Lagos arm of the groups in their latest reaction to the ultimatum issued the Igbos by the northern youth in a joint press conference in Lagos on Thursday.
Before now, several reactions have trailed the quit ultimatum issued by the northern youth, criticizing it in strong terms.
The representative of the group, Mr. Charles Udo, who was displeased by the quit notice, said:
“We are against the action (quit notice by the Arewa youths). At this stage of our national existence, Nigerians should be able to live anywhere in the region.
“Citizens of this country should be more informed now than before. The citizens should move past division along ethnic and religious lines.
“Every human being do not decide his country, ethnic, parents, and colour. They are all God creation, whose the decision lies solely with.
“At this point, we should move away from parochial approach to issues of ethnics and religion in the country, it’s like judging God’s decision. We should learn to accommodate each other as we all are Nigerians.”
Udo held that his priority would be the provision of job opportunities, if he has the privilege of leading the country. Besides, he encouraged the government to create job opportunities in technology and make loan available at convenient interest rate.
“We are in the age of technology, we need to employ technology in running the affairs of the state. That is an area where the youths need to take advantage of.
“The government can solicit for funds on one per cent interest rate and avail such to Nigerian borrowers who will invest such in the new and modern industrial cities that have all it takes to make an investment succeed,” he said.