The leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the foremost Igbo socio-political body, on Sunday, told Igbos in troubled areas of the North and other parts of the country to relocate their families and investments back home.
The President-General of Ohanaeze-Ndigbo, Chief Gary Enwo-Igariwey, made the body’s position on the insurgency in parts of the North known at an ‘Ime Obi’ (caucus) meeting at the body’s secretariat in Enugu.
Ohanaeze-Ndigbo, at the meeting, also disclosed that it had yet to endorse any candidate for the 2015 presidential election as consultations on the matter were still going on.
The meeting, which discussed several national issues as they affected the Igbos, also proposed the establishment of a defence committee, comprising senior officers of Igbo extraction in the security agencies, to ensure the defence of the South-East.
In his opening remarks, Enwo-Igariwey said the leadership of Ohanaeze-Ndigbo had already met with representatives of Igbos living in parts of the North and other areas affected by the activities of the Boko Haram sect to discuss their safety.
He said Northern-based Igbo businessmen were encouraged to make adjustments in order to avoid human and material losses.
Enwo-Igariwey said, “We talked about changing style of investment and investing at home.
“We spoke of the need for our people to register wherever they are and watch their investments in the North – wherever you are get registered and think more of investing at home.
“We also told them to try and move their families from those troubled areas.”
The Ohanaeze-Ndigbo leader informed the meeting that recently, he received an urgent call from some Igbos, who were stranded in Yola, after the insurgents overran parts of Adamawa State