BY MICHAEL EBOH
LAGOS—Ndigbo Lagos have condemned the controversies generated by the comments of Professor Chinua Achebe, in his new book, describing it as unnecessary.
Ndigbo Lagos, in a statement signed by Mr. Chuma Igwe, Publicity Secretary, called on individuals to sheathe their swords and desist from heating up the polity with their comments.
He said: “Ndigbo Lagos deems the ongoing heated reactions to Elder Statesman and world renowned writer Prof Chinua Achebe’s personal chronicle of his experience during the civil war as being very unnecessary.
“The issue of what roles all actors on both side played during the events leading to the unfortunate civil war and the prosecution of the war itself have for a long time been in the public space.
“Indeed the Punch newspaper of Monday, October 8, 2012, published the late elder statesman Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s response to similar issue in 1983 and that should close the matter. He had spoken for himself.
“At this point in time the South East, South-South and South West are in consultations working together for a better Nigeria to ensure that such a situation does not arise again.”
“Ndigbo Lagos believes that the commendable quality of interpersonal relationship between Ndigbo and the Yoruba Nation should be sustained and translated into mutually beneficial political, social and cultural relationship for the progress of our country.
“The ongoing demand of the Southeast for additional one State, the serious infrastructure deficit subsisting in our geopolitical zone and the Igbo Presidency project are areas Ndigbo Lagos believes the Southwest should come out with unequivocal support for the Ndigbo position.
“In conclusion we should focus on how the two nations and indeed the entire South can cooperate to enthrone fairness, equity and justice in the Nigerian polity. That is the legacy we should aim at, moving forward.”