FG, ACF Reacts To Arewa Ultimatum

The Federal government has strongly condemned the ultimatum given by some Northern Youths to the Igbos, ordering them to vacate the Northern region.

At a meeting in Kaduna state on Tuesday, the youths had alleged that the Igbos had become a threat to the unity of the country and asked them to relocate from the region on or before October 1st.

But In a statement on Wednesday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed disclosed that the Federal government would deal decisively with anyone found making inciting comments which could jeopardise the unity of the nation.

While assuring Nigerians of their safety in any part of the country, citizens were also urged to feel free to reside in any choice part across the country, stressing that the government has the capacity to maintain law and order.

The Minister stated that there is no reason for any Nigerian to feel unsafe anywhere in the country, warning that the government would not tolerate any threat to the unity, peace and security of the country under any guise.

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“There is zero tolerance for actions and speeches capable of inciting one part of the country against another, and the security agencies are fully on the ground to deal decisively with any individual or group that engages in incendiary activities,” Lai Mohammed said.

All Nigerians were therefore advised to go about their daily activities without fear, irrespective of which part of the country they reside.

Also in reaction, the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.) has asked Nigerians to disregard the Northern youth’s statement, stating that citizens were free to live anywhere they like.

In a statement released by his Press Secretary, Ehisienmen Osaigbovo, Dambazau stated that the government would punish any individual or group violating the rights of other citizens.

“The minister called on all well-meaning Nigerians to go about their normal activities as the government would bring to bear the full weight of the law on any individual or group violating the rights of citizens of the country,” the statement read.

Moreover, the umbrella body for the North, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has also strongly condemned and distanced the Forum from the ultimatum.

In a statement, the National Publicity Secretary of the ACF, Alhaji Muhammadu Ibrahim noted that democracy guaranteed the freedom of movement of all citizens to all parts of the country in pursuit of their legitimate business devoid of hindrances from any individual or groups.

The ACF said it appreciated the frustrations of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), MASSOB and the Northern Youth Groups, but said it would not encourage any act that was not in conformity with the law by any group or individuals which would do no one any good.

The ACF then appealed for caution over unguarded utterances or statements that were capable of jeopardising the unity, peace and corporate existence of Nigeria.

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Meanwhile, the Police Force Headquarters has said security has been beefed up nationwide and more operatives deployed in major cities to forestall a breakdown of law and order, the PUNCH reports.

According to the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had also directed Command Commissioners of Police and Assistant IGPs in charge of zonal formations to ensure enforcement of the law in their jurisdictions.

“Before now, we had beefed up security across the country, and we are increasing deployment and patrol across major cities to ensure law and order not only in the North but in every part of the country, we are improving on that.

“The IG has directed all commissioners of police and AIGs in charge of zones to ensure absolute enforcement of law and order and protection of lives and property,” Moshood said.

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