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Igbo must go, Arewa youths insist

From: Noah Ebije,Kaduna

Despite being declared wanted by Kaduna State government, the leadership of the Arewa youths  under the coalition of Northern youth groups, have reacted to the condemnation that trailed their three- month ultimatum on Tuesday asking Igbo to leave the north.

In a statement issued after their meeting, on Thursday, in Kaduna,  the group insisted that the north will not be part of a federation that includes the Igbo and called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to as a matter of urgency, initiate the process for a peaceful referendum to allow the Igbo to go.

“We urge the Federal Government of Nigeria to as a matter of urgency, initiate the process for a peaceful referendum to allow the Igbo to go. Let  them go”.

The coalition had on Tuesday in Kaduna, ordered Igbo resident in the North to relocate within three months, saying that  the region was no longer disposed to coexist with the them  in Nigeria.

“Definite steps shall be taken by the north to end the  partnership by pulling out of the current federal arrangement.

“We are hereby placing the Nigerian authorities and the entire nation on notice that as from the 1st October 2017, we shall commence the implementation of visible actions to prove to the whole world that we are no longer part of any federal union that should do with the Igbo,” the  coalition declared.

The statement  had attracted condemnation from government and prominent Nigerians across the country.

The Kaduna state government on Wednesday ordered for the arrest, investigation and prosecution of those behind the inciting statement.

Chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) and Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, had also condemned the group, describing them as faceless.

Thursday’s statement signed  on behalf of the coalition by Abdulazeez Suleiman, said the coalition  never called for violence or war against the Igbo, adding that the group’s  statement on Tuesday was distorted.

“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 thorough bred northerners, we have never anywhere and at anytime, under whatever circumstances, called anybody to violence as a means of conflict resolution” the statement said.

The group also lashed at the Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai and the Chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) and governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima  for allegedly taking side with the Igbo for selfish political ambition.

The statement reads: “In strict observance of that tradition we never employ 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 actualize their long-held secessionist aspiration”.

“We restate that we have never called anybody to violence and that people should discountenance the elements of fear and threat introduced by the distortions of merchants of mischief.

“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 recognized 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.

“Despite the minor distortions that caused some measure of anxiety, we make bold to say that the cheerful responses to our position which flowed through the internet and by way of personal telephone conversations nationally and universally has resonated that peace-loving Nigerians who have been tormented and menaced by the irredentist proclivities of the Igbos are overwhelmingly desirous to put an end to it.

“As we acknowledge this outpouring of patriotic support across the nation, we implore people, particularly our cultured northerners to remain restraint in the face of any provocation from any quarter and to debate intelligently.

“We assure them that we shall be firm and resolute in honestly and painstakingly pursuing what we all know is a noble and just cause without hurting anyone.

“We have taken time to analyze the reactions that trailed our declaration, and were nauseated by the comments of some disgruntled northern political power mongers.

“We are particularly disappointed by the treacherous positions assumed by 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.

“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, well being and stability of our country.

“We would like to assure el-Rufai and his ilks 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 Igbo are not partners, will continue unabated.

“Similarly, we are irked by the hordes of lies and misleading innuendos issued by Kashim 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 Boko Haram”.

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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 8th June 2017 at 6:35 pm

    The only emphasis has been Igbos to quit north, but forgot that the Kaduna Declaration also said northerners in Biafraland should come back. This is Diplomacy, the alternative is War.

  2. Ezekiel Okeke 8th June 2017 at 6:35 pm

    The only emphasis has been Igbos to quit north, but forgot that the Kaduna Declaration also said northerners in Biafraland should come back. This is Diplomacy, the alternative is War.

  3. Don 8th June 2017 at 6:45 pm

    THE AREWA YOUTH HAVE NOT COMMITTED ANY CRIME TO DESERVE ARREST FOR THEY HAVE SAID THE RIGHT THING…
    THAT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO BECAUSE THE IGBOS HAS SUFFERED A LOT OF INJURY AND INJUSTICE IN THE HAND OF THE SO CALLED NIGERIAN NORTHERN GOVERNMENT…THERE IS NOTHING WE THE IGBOS ARE GAINING SO RIGHT NOW IS THE ACTUAL TIME TO GIVE REFERANDUM TO VOTE FOR OUR FREEDOM FOR THE ACTUALIZATION OF BIAFRA.
    THE AREWA YOURTH ARE 100 PERCENT RIGHT THAT WE THE IGBO’S SHOULD GO AND BE ON OUR OWN COUNTRY CALLED BIAFRA BECAUSE NIGERIA GOVERNMENT HAS KILLED OVER 3.5 MILLION CIVILAN IGBO PEOPLE WHILE FORCING TO BE A SLAVE IN THE NAME OF ONE NIGERIA…MAY THE LORD GOD LIBERATE US IN JESUS NAME…

  4. Ezekiel Okeke 8th June 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Republic Of Biafra territory is present five states of south-east. Anything beyond that is fantasy of any individual or group. Biafrans are already in Republic Of Biafra, and will never exist in one entity with poor illiterate northern bandits.

    • deles 9th June 2017 at 12:53 am

      Ezekile okeke, stop talking nonsense. someone like you do your proper research before you say who is biafra or not. biafra is not about the igbos, old eastern region are all biafra. you need to read and educate yourself about biafra. my dad fought for biafra so does all mu uncles. get your facts rights.
      i don’t mind the gullible confused people out there (including you ezekiel) that thinks that biafra is only for igbos. igbo is a one of the langauges in biafran land.
      i don’t know if you know a palce “elele or omarelu in river state? that’s my maternal and home town respectively. do not come here and speak the politicians. my identity is BIAFR and you cannot take it away from me, i can speak igbo like you too.
      finally, you forgot that igbo languages and cultures are practiced in all eastern region etc. biafra is not about igbos or ijaws etc.
      look at your name, you don’t even have biafran identity or do you? you answer the name given to you by colonial masters.
      what is south east or south south. ?
      go to umunede or asaba in delta and share your opinion about your five states of your own biafra, i guessed you would stoned.
      BIAFRAN STATES ARE: Abia, Anambra, Akwa-ibom, Bayelsa, Cross- River, Delta, Ebonyi, Egugu, Imo and River. the following are biafran terrtorries
      1. Abia

      2. Anambra

      3. Akwa Ibom

      4. Bayelsa

      5. Enugu

      6. Ebonyi

      7. Imo

      8. Delta

      9. Rivers

      10. Cross River

      11. Igbanke in Edo

      12. Southern part of Benue state.
      13. Southern cameroon.
      14. Some part of Kogi.
      Anyone who does not want to be a Biafran is free to move away from the above territories.
      it happened, in kosvo, croatia, india, Pakistan, Czechoslovakia, USSR, etc.
      all hail Biafra, IN JESUS NAME, AMEN.

      • deles 9th June 2017 at 1:05 am

        Ezekile okeke, stop talking nonsense. someone like you needs to do a proper research before you say who is biafra or not. biafra is not about the igbos, old eastern region are all biafra. you need to read and educate yourself about biafra. my dad fought for biafra so does all my uncles. get your facts rights.
        i don’t mind the gullible confused people out there (including you ezekiel) that thinks that biafra is only for igbos. igbo is a one of the langauges in biafran land.
        i don’t know if you know a place called “elele or omarelu in river state? that’s my maternal and home town respectively. do not come here and speak like the politicians. my identity is BIAFR and you cannot take it away from me, i can speak igbo like you too.
        finally, you forgot that igbo languages and cultures are practiced in all eastern region etc. biafra is not about igbos or ijaws etc.
        look at your name, you don’t even have biafran identity or do you? you answer the name given to you by colonial masters.
        what is south east or south south. ?
        go to umunede or asaba in delta and share your opinion about your five states of your own biafra, i guessed you would stoned.
        BIAFRAN STATES ARE: Abia, Anambra, Akwa-ibom, Bayelsa, Cross- River, Delta, Ebonyi, Egugu, Imo and River. the following are biafran territories
        1. Abia
        2. Anambra
        3. Akwa Ibom
        4. Bayelsa
        5. Enugu
        6. Ebonyi
        7. Imo
        8. Delta
        9. Rivers
        10. Cross River
        11. Igbanke in Edo
        12. Southern part of Benue state.
        13. Southern cameroon.
        14. Some part of Kogi.
        Anyone who does not want to be a Biafran is free to move away from the above territories.
        it happened, in kosvo, croatia, india, Pakistan, Czechoslovakia, USSR, etc.
        all hail Biafra, IN JESUS NAME, AMEN.

        • Onyewuchi Nze 11th June 2017 at 11:45 am

          He is an example of the bad sides of free speech. The harm his type causes, is far less than that caused by the abrogation of free speech. So let him be. That’s my own personal opinion.

  5. Ezekiel Okeke 9th June 2017 at 6:10 am

    @deles, I understand your desire, I wish the same but reality is something else- it is very deep.

  6. Ezekiel Okeke 9th June 2017 at 1:05 pm

    It is now Constituting Biafran Interim Government in which all present political office holders remain in their respective positions on interim basis till election, for full operations of Republic Of Biafra, international diplomatic relations etc. God Is With Us!!!

  7. kenneth Oti 10th June 2017 at 10:46 am

    please uncle Deles forgive brother Ezekiel Okeke. he is carried away by excitement. I am happy with the developments now. NIGERIA MUST NEVER BE ONE AGAIN, I’ve always declared since Buhari assumed office. But every one should be at alert to ensure this happily welcome development will not be an alibi or a bait for other Nigerians to go pandering to the imaginative whims and caprices of northern elements. EVERYONE MUST BE ON FULL ALERT. this IGBOS MUST QUIT THE NORTHERN NIGERIAN ORDER, is deceitfully conspiratorial and suspicious. WATCH OUT!

  8. Ezekiel Okeke 10th June 2017 at 11:41 am

    The Kaduna Declaration is political declaration for Biafrans, not biological declaration for Igbos. If you are a Biafran, respect the Kaduna Declaration or be at your own risk. Let those Igbos who stood for the fallen entity call Nigeria have their fate in the hands of their poor northern masters.

  9. Ezekiel Okeke 10th June 2017 at 8:43 pm

    It is not Republic Of Biafra affairs to tell south-west people or south-south people to leave north. Our responsibility as Biafrans of Republic Of Biafra is Kaduna Declaration as it concerns Biafrans alone. The Kaduna Declaration never ask people of south-west or south-south to leave north and never ask northerners in the two regions to come back- there is no reason or basis for it as it stands. It is only Biafrans and Biafraland- and that alone is Republic Of Biafra concern and involvement.

  10. Onyewuchi Nze 11th June 2017 at 11:38 am

    Since the 1950’s and the 1960’s, the north had always killed southerns in general and the Igbo in particular, for political reasons. It became very frequent from the 1980’s. The reason adduced was religious, everyone knows it is political, because no religious restrictions were know to have been placed on the North that precipitated killings. The sharia riots of 2000’s were political. The many killings of the Shiites were political. Boko Haram was political.

    El-Rufai assurance should not be taken seriously. Nobody will be arrested. At the end, they will give the excuse that the youths were from Mali, Niger, Senegal and Guinea. Have they done anything to the man whom Kogi police handed over to their HQ, that was involved in the Enugu massacre. If a man involved in massacre of the ‘bad’ Igbos was not prosecuted after an arrest, why would they arrest though who merely issued treats to a people threatening their hegemony.

    Igbos should not let these blood thirsty people kill us further. Return home please. Longest, when the oils of Niger Delta dries, they will leave us alone. They spared the Niger Delta, not because of love or affinity, but because of oil. Nigeria is country kept one for oil’s sake. They have been gloating over Igbo assets in the north.

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