Northern Youth Defy Arrest Orders, Maintain 3-months Ultimatum For Igbo To Leave The North

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The coalition of Northern groups which issued a 3-month quit notice to the Igbo living in the Northern region of the country has reiterated its commitment to seeing the Igbo out of the region.

The group in its recent statement noted that the call for Igbo to quit northern Nigeria is not aimed at causing violence but to achieve their ambition of having a country of their own.

The group further in the statement issued today, Thursday, 6th June, 2017 in Kaduna and signed by Abdulazeez Suleiman, the spokesman of the group noted that the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai and Kashim Shettima of Borno State’s arrest orders are driven by their ambitions to become the vice president of the country.

The group’s spokesman further added that the group was “nauseated” by the comments attributed to El Rufai and Shettima who described them as “disgruntled northern political power Mongers.”

The statement reads in part: “We restate that we have never called anybody to violence and that people should discountenance the elements of fear and threat introduced by the distortions of merchants of mischief.

“We wholeheartedly endorse the moves made variously by our leaders to allay those fears and urge people to be peaceful and law-abiding while at the same time resolutely insisting on having the right thing done by allowing the Igbo to have and move to their dream country in accordance with the universal fundamental right to self-determination.

“We restate our determination and commitment to ensuring that the North will never partake in any contrived arrangement that would still have the Biafran Igbo as a component.

“We reiterate our call on Nigerian authorities and recognized international bodies such as the ECOWAS, AU and UN to hasten the initiation of the process for the final actualization of the Biafran nation and with it the excision of the Igbo out of the present federation.”

Mr Abdulazzez Suleiman further claimed that the message the group sent earlier was recieved well by peace loving Nigerians “who have been tormented and menaced by the irredentist proclivities of the Igbos and are overwhelmingly desirous to put an end to it.”

He added that the groups “are particularly disappointed by the treacherous positions assumed by Nasir Ahmed Elrufai and Kashim Shettima who in pursuit of their blind ambition for the vice presidency, chose to side with the secessionist Igbos against the interest of peace-loving Nigerians.

“Elrufai and Shettima are openly known to be waiting in the wings for Mr. President Muhammadu Buhari to die so they can further their plots to seek the presidency. “It appears that characters like elrufai have no limit on how low they can fall in their inordinate desire to achieve their long held dream of power grab at the expense of the peace, well being and stability of our country.

“We would like to assure elrufai and his ilks that we shall continue to expose their recalcitrant treachery and opportunistic proclivities. We also assure them that the drive for a peaceful and prosperous Nigeria in which the Igbo are not partners, will continue unabated.”

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