North Not Afraid Of War — Junaid Mohammed
A member of the house of representatives in the second republic, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, has said the North is not afraid of war if the intention of the Igbo is to trigger a civil war or break up the country for whatever reasons.
Junaid Mohammed speaking of the division caused by the call from northern youth on the Igbo to return home within three months, accused the Igbo of attempting to plunge the country into another war through the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
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He also accused the political power elite in the South-East of financing IPOB with the intention to blackmail other parts of the country and consequently subdue them politically.
The Igbos residing in the north were on Tuesday last week given a three-month ultimatum eviction notice by sixteen northern youth groups or be forced out after the expiration of the October 1, 2017, deadline.
The youths had alleged that the Igbos had become a threat to the unity of the country.
Reacting to the ultimatum, the Federal government said it would deal decisively with anyone found making inciting comments which could jeopardise the unity of the nation.
The Fg also assured Nigerians of their safety in any part of the country, adding that citizens should feel free to reside in any choice part across the country, as it has the capacity to maintain law and order
The Pan-Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, while speaking through its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Chuks Ibegbu, said Igbo might resort to self-defence if the threat from the northern youth became real.
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“Definitely when people are threatened, they are bound to react. The first law in heaven is self-defence. Nobody will sit idle and wait to be hacked down by mobs. So, the Igbo are bound to defend themselves.
“We hope the governors of the North, Arewa leaders, and security agents will not allow the situation to degenerate into the Igbo resorting to self-help,” he said.