A coalition of Edo Diaspora in the Americas has called on ethnic leaders to embrace the spirit of reconciliation and refrain from inflammatory statements that can heat the polity.
The declaration came against the backdrop of recent quit notice served Igbo living in the North by a coalition of Arewa youth groups.
Rising from a meeting in the United States, the coalition, in a communique by Oboma Asemota, Charles Korobo, Tony Osula, Godwin Ighile, Kienuwa Obaseki, Alhaji Mohammed Ighile and Sir Osagie Obasuyi, also said it was in support of a united Nigeria.
The communique read: “We, Edo, wish the continuation of a united Nigeria. All ethnic leaders should refrain from inflammatory language and adopt the spirit of reconciliation and brotherhood. This is why Arewa youths should withdraw their threat.
“Edo people remain optimistic for a united Nigeria. However, if Nigeria disintegrates, Edo people want to remain as a unit and not ready to be part of any group.
“If the Arewa/Biafra crisis is not resolved before October 1, Edo State government is advised to evacuate internally-displaced Edo indigenes back home to Edo State.”
The communiqué also noted the incessant invasion of farms in the state and killing of farmers by herdsmen, describing it as unacceptable.
Calling on Edo people to be vigilant, the coalition urged the state government to find lasting solution to the problem.