High Commissioner of Nigeria to the U.K., Amb. Sarifa Isola met with eminent Yoruba leaders and Ohaneze Ndigbo on Friday in London to discuss current security issues in Nigeria.
The minutes of the meetings were made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on Saturday.
According to the minutes, the dialogue focused on the efforts of the federal government to deal with internal security in Africa’s most populous country, which has been plagued by insecurity in recent years.
At the meeting, Yoruba and Igbo leaders reaffirmed their belief in the unity of Nigeria and the importance of preserving it as a corporate entity.
They demanded the enthronement of equity, justice, and fairness in the country, where the Igbo would be accorded their rightful place in the Nigerian project.
Yoruba leaders also spoke on the need for unity in Nigeria, adding that the Yoruba people would remain in Nigeria.
However, they insisted that power be divided among the various components of the federation through restructuring and federalism.
The scholars reiterated Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s call for true federalism, a position he held until his death.
The Yoruba leaders were led to the meeting by Chief Adebayo Oladimeji, a Chartered Biologist and Chairman of Nigerian Elders in the UK.
The Ohaneze team in the UK was led by Dr. Nnanna Igwe, a medical practitioner.
As well, both parties stressed the need for dialogue and continuous engagement on matters of concern to all Nigerians, especially those living in the UK