Ohaneze Ndigbo and Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has urged Igbos in the North to stop fleeing and fight instead.
They spoke in reaction to the alleged selective killings of Christians, non-Muslims, and Southerners resident by the Boko Haram insurgents.
Chairman of Ohaneze in the state, Dr. Emmanuel Okparanta, said “Ndigbo are very instrumental to the development of Nigeria, and nobody can chase us away from any part of the country because we are one Nigeria, and will continue to be one.”
Okparanta who spoke to The Punch Hurged Igbo people living in the North to be vigilant and wise in the face of the worsening security situation in the region.
During a meeting in Enugu at the weekend, the South Governors re-echoed this message. The Governors encouraged the Igbos not to keep while they are under attack though they should otherwise be peace keeping and loving where no one troubles them.
According to a source “They should not fight but if there is any attack on them by anybody whatsoever, they should strongly defend themselves because this is one Nigeria and nobody has the right to intimidate anybody.”
Also, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria has asked Northern Christians not to flee but to remain steadfast in spite of the onslaught by the violent sect.
The Chairman of the Fellowship in Abia State, Dr. Theophilus Anyimson, said Christians should be vigilant and more serious with prayers against any form of insurgency “but while they pray, they should also open their eyes and resist any attack against them”.
“You should take up your arms and defend yourselves; don’t wait to be butchered. As we pray, we should not fold our arms and be killed; we should do whatever we can to defend ourselves”.
The PFN also expressed faith in the ability of the Federal Government to contain the security threats in the country.