Arewa Youth Ultimatum: UN Calls For Tolerance, Togetherness In Nigeria


By Sadiq Umar – The United Nations has called for “tolerance and a spirit of togetherness” among different ethnic tribes and groups in Nigeria in addressing “the concerns of all citizens in a peaceful manner.”

The UN urged cultural and religious leaders to play their part in guiding the youth to settle differences peacefully.

In a statement by the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, Thursday in Abuja, the world body said it note with concern media reports of an ultimatum issued by northern youth groups calling for all Igbo people to leave Northern Nigeria by October 1.

It observed that the ultimatum followed a sit-down-strike observed in the five states in South East Nigeria on May 30, purportedly meant to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Biafra.

“We have to work together to resolve peacefully any concern that different groups in the country may have.

“I am heartened by reactions of leaders from all over the country condemning this ultimatum.

“UN calls for tolerance and a spirit of togetherness in transparency to address the concerns of all the citizens in a peaceful manner,” UN stated.

“Nigeria is a great country with immense potential to build the welfare of its population and lead Africa in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.

“This can only be achieved in an atmosphere of the rule of law and peace where all citizens live happily irrespective of their ethnic or religious backgrounds.

“I commend the Federal and State Governments, youth and civil society leaders, security agencies, cultural and religious leaders for their efforts to promote peace in the country.

The UN advised that the National Peace Committee set up prior to the 2015 general elections should intervene, noting that it could play a role in addressing the current concerns situation in the country.

“The UN is ready to continue supporting Nigeria to build an enduring democracy in peace, prosperity and respect for diversity,” the statement added.


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