Northern Elders Back Igbos-Must-Go Declaration

Prof. Ango Abdullahi, the spokesman for the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), has justified the Igbo eviction notice issued by a coalition of northern youths to the easterners resident in the region to vacate in three months.

During a telephone conversation with The Guardian, Ango Abdullahi, a former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, said that the eviction notice by the northern youths was in reaction to the unpalatable behaviour of their guests.

He said the northern youths were venting their anger and frustration over what he described as the irresponsible behaviour of Igbo youths and elders.

Prof. Ango said:

“The northern youths are voicing out their anger and frustration over the irresponsible behaviour of Igbo youths and elders. The Igbo elders cannot pretend or say that they do not know the history of this country.

“We all know how the first coup was hatched against the north. We know who masterminded that political coup and the aftermath.

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“But we the northerners endured it and carried on as if nothing happened in the spirit of brotherhood. That was why in the Second Republic, an Igbo man, Chief Alex Ekwueme, became a deputy to President Shehu Shagari.

“I have never seen a country where there was a civil war and somebody from the part of the country that waged the war against the nation became a leader in the country so quickly.

“The Igbo should remember that politics of democracy is politics of election, not agitation.”

According to the northern elder, the arrogant and irresponsible actions of Igbo leaders and youths should stop immediately.

Meanwhile, the coalition of northern youths have insisted on their Igbos-must-go declaration.

It called on both Nigerian and international authorities to ‘do the right thing’ and hasten the process of helping the Igbos actualize the Biafran nation.

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In a joint statement on Thursday, June 8, the coalition condemned the reactions by the Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai and his Borno State counterpart, Alhaji Kashim Shettima over the eviction notice issued Igbos resident in the north.

The statement signed by the coalition’s spokesman, Abdulazeez Suleiman said the group was compelled to make a further statement to clarify their stand on some issues that trailed the Kaduna Declaration.

“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 recognised international bodies such as the ECOWAS, AU and UN to hasten the initiation of the process for the final actualisation of the Biafran nation and with it the excision of the Igbo out of the present federation”, the statement partly read.

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