Igbos Eviction Notice: Prepare For The Worse
Following reports that the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) is supporting the eviction notice issued to the Igbos by Arewa Youths, Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation, has called on Nigerians to “prepare for the worse”.
Recall that NEF’s spokesperson, Ango Abdullahi, had on Friday, backed the three months ultimatum by the Coalition of Northern Youth Groups asking Igbos to vacate the region.
While addressing reporters in Zaria, Kaduna State, Abdullahi berated the Northern Governors’ Forum for disowning the Arewa youths, an action he described as a “disappointment”.
Abdullahi also said it was hypocritical for the Igbos to continue living in other parts of the country while agitating for Nigeria’s break up.
But in reaction to Ango’s statement, Fani-Kayode who spoke through his Twitter page, wrote:
“The Northern Elders Forum have backed the call by the Arewa Youths for Igbos to leave the north. We should brace ourselves and prepare for the worse.
“We are about to enter a season of carnage, chaos and anomie. God deliver our people from those who wish to drink our blood and eat our flesh.”
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Meanwhile, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, a second Republic lawmaker, has warned Igbos against using Biafra to threaten Nigerians, noting that they are not a superior tribe.
While calling on the Federal Government to stop Igbo elites from hiding under the guise of Biafra agitation to terrorise Nigerians, Mohammed said:
“Why should anyone stop the Northern youths from airing their views about those who are threatening the cooperate existence of Nigeria? The Igbo must note that they do not have a monopoly of violence and are not superior to other Nigerians in any way to warrant their incessant threats and attacks on others.
“Those who are behind their nefarious Biafran bid are walking the streets free and nobody is doing anything about that. It is very sad and disappointing for the Buhari government to allow Biafra agitation to almost overwhelm the country.
“This is a major threat to Nigeria that is well organised by the Igbo elite and it is unfair for the government to gloss over it for political reasons.
“If the Buhari government continues to allow the Igbos to push for Biafra unhindered only to come out against the warning by Arewa youths, it will backfire because nobody can play with the intelligence of the North.
“I am not a man of violence and will never advocate for any form of violence but a government that has refused to check the excesses of the Igbos, culminating in the emergence of Biafra, should be held responsible for what is unfolding now.”
But Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has condemned the eviction notice given to Igbos by northern youths, describing their actions as working against Nigeria’s unity.
In a statement by his spokesman, Emmanuel Nanle in Jos, Lalong stated that what the youths did is contrary to the true northern spirit of communality, accommodation and peaceful coexistence.
He regretted that a highly volatile issue of such nature was trivialised and made an agenda for grandstanding by the group without any thought of its implication to the stability of the country.
The governor said that such statements were uncalled for, especially at a time when all compatriots were working hard to solidify bonds of unity and national integration.
While urging governors in the South-East to resist any attempt to create value for the position of the northern youths by making it an agenda for any discussion, Lalong also advised media houses to censor “retrogressive contributions to national discourse”.
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The governor further assured the people of Plateau that his administration would respect and protect the rights of all citizens as enshrined in the Constitution.