From Everest Ezihe ,Owerri
As the nation marks its 60 years of Independence today, an apex Socio Cultural organization, the Southern Nigeria, Middle Belt and Northern Minorities Forum (SONAIMBF), has thrown its weight behind the calls for Nigerians to sit at home during the anniversary celebration
The group also advised the Federal Government to as a matter of exigency address the grievances of its ethnic nationalities.
Members of the group in diaspora, led by Barr. Sidney Imobhio, in a statement captioned “People in Diaspora: Igbo,Yoruba And Middle Belt, Their Actions Against October 1″ issued shortly after their meeting held in New York USA, on Tuesday and made available to news men in Owerri said they resolved that Nigeria should remain an indivisible and indissoluble country.
“However, we also agreed that the clariion calls and opinions of all nationalities must be addressed without further delay to enhance and stabilize the unity and oneness of all shades”.
The group noted that Nigeria exists only on the pages of papers which portends that their co-existence MUST be renegotiated and defined by all the component nationalities.
The ststement pointed out that “President Buhari and Fulani celebrations of 60th post colonial independence that laid a good foundation for the exploitation of the nation’s economic resources and the alleged fraudulent conquest of political will of the indigenous peoples of Nigeria for decades should not be allowed to continue stressing that Nigeria belongs to all of Nigerians and no nationality should lord it over others.
“We support the Igbo for the sit at home on October 1. We support the Yoruba and their plans to embark on a worldwide march on October 1 to dissociate, disregard, disagree and disobey the rules and tenets of this failed regime.
“We support the breakaway of Middle Belt from the spell of the imaginary and illusionary Northern Nigeria Forums. We cherish their realization and the humility exhibited by settling with our Igbo brothers”