The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council worldwide (OYC) on Sunday decried the non-inclusion of youths in the ongoing consultation between Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and governors of northeast and southeast states.
The acting president is having talks with the governors in a bid to cool tensions and avoid inter-tribal clashes that could be triggered by the quit notice a coalition of northern youths handed to Igbos living in the region.
In a statement released by the group’s publicity secretary, Obinna Adibe, the OYC described the whole consultation a “stalemate” due to their non-inclusion in the process.
According to the statement, this oversight would significantly hamper whatever decision is made.
We watch with keen interest the on going consultative meetings the Ag President Yemi Osibanjo had with both South-East governors, traditional rulers, Igbo leaders and also a similar one he held with Northern leaders.
We observed that Osibanjo’s meetings with all these groups lacked youth representation. There was no youth representatives in the consultations, which makes the peace meeting a stalemate.
The OYC, however, signalled its readiness to “open doors for dialogue with ethnic nationality youth leaders” in order to find a lasting solution and engender peace in the land.
We have decided to sacrifice our freedom and resources to ensure that lasting peace is achieved, as regards the safety of Igbos in the 19 northern states ahead of the October 1 ultimatum from the northern youths.
We have built a bridge of dialogue for peaceful co existence. We will not allow this opportunity to pass us by if there’s any opening for dialogue with other ethnic nationality youth leaders across Nigeria.