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The United Nations has called on different ethnic tribes and groups in Nigeria to be more tolerant to ensure unity and peace in the country.

The UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, said this in a statement Thursday.

Kallon noted with concern media reports of an ultimatum issued by northern youth groups calling for all Igbo people to leave Northern Nigeria by October 1.

He noted the ultimatum followed a sit-down-strike observed in the five states in South East Nigeria on May 30, purportedly meant to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Biafra.

“We have to work together to resolve peacefully any concern that different groups in the country may have.

“I am heartened by reactions of leaders from all over the country condemning this ultimatum.

“UN calls for tolerance and a spirit of togetherness in transparency to address the concerns of all the citizens in a peaceful manner,” Kallon said.

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He said this should be done in such a way that no one was left behind in the quest for sustainable development.

The coordinator especially urged cultural and religious leaders to play their part in guiding the youth to settle differences peacefully.

Kallon also stressed the need to re-invigorate the National Peace Committee, as it could play a role in addressing the current concerns that impinge on the peace of the country.

He recalled that the committee worked tirelessly during the election period in 2015.

“Nigeria is a great country with immense potential to build the welfare of its population and lead Africa in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.

“This can only be achieved in an atmosphere of the rule of law and peace where all citizens live happily irrespective of their ethnic or religious backgrounds.

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“I commend the Federal and State Governments, youth and civil society leaders, security agencies, cultural and religious leaders for their efforts to promote peace in the country.

“The UN is ready to continue supporting Nigeria to build an enduring democracy in peace, prosperity and respect for diversity,” Kallon said.

(NAN)

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  1. Thank you to the UN envoy your advice is good but in the first instance what did the Igbos did to eject them from the 19 northern states of Nigeria good of a thing you are present and this one happening if not Igbos will be the course of it. Then you know as a Un representative acordinto the UN indigenous right Igbos because of nationalization requested for self determination they started killing of our people and this treat is to repeat what they did in 1966 and maintaining the same date when they killed over 60000 Igbos in the northern region from that they started civil war against the Igbos and killed 3
    5 million Biafrans this time we can’t continue with this kind of people who value their vows more than human lives no we want Biafra our independent sovereign state and in a peaceful protest since all sit at home to remember our fallen hero’s now what we request from Nigeria government is a referendum to know how many of our people who wants Biafra if yes is majority they must let us go for that they wanted to start another civil war but by the grace of God we are ready for them so please help us by explaining to them what they need to know about self determination thanks in anticipation as you explain to them God bless