Ahead of the February 2015 general elections in Nigeria,the traditional leaders, Eze Ndiigbo, in the 19 northern states including Abuja, say the unity, indivisibility and peaceful co-existence of all people is not negotiable.
At a meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, they reaffirmed their commitment to the peaceful co-existence of all Nigerians irrespective of tribe, creed and religion.
The royal fathers led by the secretary of Eze Ndigbo in the north, Dr Pampas Nwahiwe, who is the Eze-Ndigbo of Niger state, appealed to all Nigerians to eschew violence before, during and after the February elections.
The body also resolved to mobilise their subjects and Kinsmen to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards for the forthcoming general elections, urging all Igbos nationwide to remain in their various states of abode during and after the forthcoming election, saying Nigeria belongs to all.
After the 2011 general elections in Nigeria, there were pockets of post-election violence in the northern part of the oil rich nation that led to loss of lives and property.
The police, the electoral body and other stakeholders in the political sector had held series of meetings with politicians in different states, urging them to play by the rule and keep a non-violence pledge that would ensure that the election would be adjudged free, fair and credible.