Igbo residents across the North have vowed not to relocate to their states of origin due to election violence fears but to exercise their franchise while being law abiding citizens.
This position was contained in the communiqué issued after the maiden three-day National Summit of Ndigbo in Northern Nigeria organised by the South East Peoples Assembly (SEPA) and the Council of Igbo Traditional Rulers in the Diaspora yesterday in Abuja.
The summit, which was themed ‘Ndigbo: Security of lives and property and the 2015 General Elections’, however, called on the federal government to provide adequate security across the country to ensure the success of the polls.
The communiqué jointly signed by Eze Dr. Nwosu Ibeh, president, Council of Traditional Rulers in the Diaspora, Chief Jonah O. Eze-Ekwueme, president general of Ndigbo in Northern Nigeria, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Dr. Ifedi Okwenna, Mazi Larry Nwosu and Chief Edozie Ezeugwa, also said that those who had relocated should return.
“The federal government should ensure efficient deployment of security operatives, including the military in all parts and crannies of Nigeria at least three weeks to the presidential elections in enforcement of the constitutional obligations to protection of lives and property of all Nigerians”, the communiqué said.