ABUJA – With the October 1st quit order issued by Arewa Youth on Igbo to vacate the North fast approaching, the South and Middle Belt leaders, yesterday, took a common stand on the threat, warning that any harm done to the Igbo will be taken as an attack on the entire South and the Middle Belt.
The leaders, who sounded the warning during a South-Middle Belt Leaders Consultative Summit, held at the Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Abuja, condemned the quit notice, which they described as reprehensible.
The communiqué of the summit read by Afenifere spokesman, and Human rights activist, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, explained the high-level summit of leaders from the South and Middle Belt of Nigeria was convened to peacefully consult and lay-out an orderly process of finding viable solutions to the rising agitations for a fair, just, equitable and balanced restructuring of our federal system.
Eminent personalities at the summit include, the Convener, Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, Chief Edwin Clark, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Chief Olu Falae, former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Onong Victor Attah, Afenifere Leader, chief Ayo Adebanjo, Air Commodore Dan Suleiman, Chairman, Middle Belt Forum, Professor Jerry Gana.
Others include, former Information Minister and National Secretary of APGA, Labaran Maku, Senator Stella Omu, former Governor Idris Wada of Kogi state, former Foreign Affairs Minister, Maj.Gen Ike Nwachukwu, retd, former Police Affiars, Maj.Gen David Jemibewon, Retd, former NDDC Chairman, Onyema Ugochukwu, and former Presidential candidate, John Dara amongst others.
The Leaders also called for a new fiscal formula that could move the nation from the current dependence on oil and gas revenue to a fully diversified economy.