Northern Youths Petition FG, ECOWAS, AU, UN To Quickly Let Igbos Go
The coalition of northern youths who issued a three-month ultimatum to the Igbos to vacate their region have insisted on their declaration, calling on both Nigerian and international authorities to ‘do the right thing’ and hasten the process of helping the Igbos actualize the Biafran nation.
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 to the Igbos resident in the north.
A 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. The statement reads:
“It should be recalled that on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, this coalition led several other northern groups to review the position of the north in the wake of the widening and escalating movement for secession orchestrated by groups in eastern Nigeria.
“At the end, we came up with a position paper which we presented as the Kaduna Declaration in which we primarily called on the authorities and the international community to step in to formalise the actualization of the dream of a people who say in words and in action, and the whole nation appears to concur, that they are Biafrans, not Nigerians.
“We further urged those Biafran nationals to relocate from the north to their newfound country in order to allow other people have peace.”
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Suleiman said after meeting to review the fallout of Tuesday’s Declaration, the northern youths arrived at the following fundamental observations:
“Some elements have, for reasons best known to them, mischievously distorted the intent of our original script by alluding such words as ‘violence,’ ‘threat,’ ‘war’ and ‘mass action’ to it.
“We find this mischievous because as cultured, thoroughbred northerners, we have never anywhere and at any time, under whatever circumstances, called anybody to violence as a means of conflict resolution. In strict observance of that tradition, we never employed violence as a means of pursuing our interest and at every opportunity, we opt for peaceful engagements and implore people to eschew violence in all its ramifications.
“This informs why, a majority of discerning Nigerians, not necessarily northerners alone, understood and identified with our express call for the Biafrans to be allowed to actualise their long-held secessionist aspiration.
“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 recognised 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.”
Condemning the reactions that trailed the eviction notice, the northern youths said they were particularly disappointed by the treacherous positions assumed by Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai and Kashim Shettima who in pursuit of their blind ambition for the vice presidency, chose to side with the secessionist Igbo against the interest of peace-loving Nigerians.
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“El-Rufai 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 El-Rufai 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, wellbeing and stability of our country.
“We would like to assure El-Rufai and his ilk 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 Igbos are not partners will continue unabated.
“Similarly, we are irked by the hordes of lies and misleading innuendos issued by Shettima, ostensibly on behalf of 19 northern governors in which he referred to us as faceless and violent.
“By our antecedents and track record, no politician or leader of honorable pedigree and impeccable character will associate us with such fabrications and this goes to prove that Shettima has disconnected from reality as he gets intoxicated by immoral wealth and property acquisition at the expense of people of the state suffering the devastation of Bolo Haram,” the statement read.