It appears the tension in the southeast region of Nigeria may soon be history with the Igbo communities now closing ranks with the non-indigenes.

Two socio-cultural organisations, Ndigbo Peace Movement and Arewa Groups have stressed the need for a peaceful co-existence of Nigerians irrespective of ethnic and religious inclinations.

The two groups made the call in Anambra in a joint news conference they held in Awka on Wednesday.

The leader of the Igbo movement, Mr Divine Onyekachi, who read the text of the conference said peace and unity of the country Nigeria was paramount and superior to any unlawful agitations.

Onyekachi said, “Collectively as a country of diverse ethnic groups, we have worked so hard to make this country great and we will not allow some acts of lawlessness to drag us to the path of retrogression.

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“The strength of Nigeria is in its diversity and only convergence of efforts from all ethnic groups can make Nigeria reclaim her rightful place in the comity of nations.”

For Igbos residing in the northern part of the country, he asked them to disregard any threat to their safety and go about their lawful duties without fear of molestation.

The leader of Arewa groups in Anambra also said there was need for all Nigerians to support the peace and unity of the nation.

Alhaji Bello Maigari, who is also the Youth leader of Suleja Hausa Community in the state, urged political leaders to always strive to give every group their due rights.

Both of them agreed in recommending political representation and other lawful means to those agitating for one thing or the other.

The two groups wrapped it all up by signing a peace pact as a mark of renewed bond of unity between them.