Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the Igbo Community Development Association (ICDA) in Oyo State, have said all Igbos in the state are under one umbrella.
They made this disclosure during a press conference jointly addressed by the leaders of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Igbo Community Development Association in Ibadan, the state capital on Tuesday.
ICDA President, Chief Emma Ndidi Nzeako and Ezendigbo of Ibadan and Oyo State, Alex Anozie while addressing journalists at the media briefing held at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) secretariat in Ibadan, explained that the press briefing became necessary to avoid a crisis in the state.
Nzeako who said some people have been parading themselves as leaders of Igbos in the state called on security agencies to beware of the antics of those whom he said were interested in disrupting the peace of the state.
He explained that Igbos are peace-loving people.
He added that there is a need to caution some people who wanted to divide the Igbo community in the state.
“We are peace-loving people and law-abiding Ndigbo residing in Oyo state, have continued to be supportive to all state governments both past and present, no matter the different party affiliations.
“Please, all authorities including the press, media and all Nigerians residing in Oyo state should help us advise this group of people who boasts of being highly connected, to tow the line of law and order in the interest of our peaceful pacesetter state.
“We say this because we peace-loving Ndigbo in Ibadan and Oyo State, so much believe in the rule of law and would not want to see to the breakdown of law and order in our society.
“Please, we want the governor to help us, we want the Olubadan to help us, the judiciary, the commissioner of police, the DSS, the press, the CCII and all lovers of peace to come to our help, we don’t want crises in our pace setter peaceful state.
“According to all available facts including the court judgements, the leadership of Ndigbo in Ibadan and Oyo State are the below: Ohanaeze/ICDA Ibadan and Oyo state, Chief Emma Ndidi Nzeako- President. Mr. Andrew Anieriobi-Secretary. HRH Eze Dr. Alex Anozie, Ezendigbo, OnyenduNdigbo nala Ibadan and Oyo state”.
Anozie in his remarks said, “What our President said is what we have to tell the whole world. We are peace-loving people. We are appealing to everyone to join hands with us to ensure peace in the state”.