- Ohaneze Ndigbo has declared that Northern youths asking Igbo to leave should be treated like Nnamdi Kanu
- The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum had issued three month quit notice to Igbo living in the north
- The group said that that the offence committed by the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum was worse than the one committed by Kanu
Ohaneze Ndigbo, the apex socio-political organisation of the Igbo has asked the federal government to treat the northern youth who gave three months quit notice to Igbos to leave the region like the leader of Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
In an interview with the Punch, The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the Ohanaeze, Chuks Ibegbu said that the offence committed by the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum was worse than the one committed by Kanu upon which he was arrested and detained.
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Legit.ng gathered that Ibegbu said that: “This is a similar offence. In fact, these northern youths have committed a worse offence. They accused Nnamdi Kanu of calling for secession. These northern groups are also calling for secession.
“They want the North to secede. They have asked the Igbo in the North to leave, and they are asking northerners in the South-East to leave. They are simply plotting the disintegration of the country. Nnamdi Kanu never asked northerners in the East to leave.
“He was only talking about self-determination, which he has the right to aspire to under international laws. The question every Nigerian should ask the Federal Government is, how come you clamped Nnamdi Kanu in detention for calling for self-determination, but you have not arrested these northern youths who are promoting secession?
He noted that Ohanaeze has advised the security agencies to do their job, adding that it is their duty to protect lives and property. So, they should ensure that nothing happens to the Igbo living in the North.
“Ohaneze has called on the Igbo in the North to go about their normal activities and to be law-abiding. Ohanaeze however advised that they should be vigilant. Ohanaeze has also called on northern leaders to caution their youths. Ohanaeze has equally asked the Federal Government to address the situation.
“The Arewa Consultative Forum has, through its publicity secretary, condemned the action of the northern youths but we want the ACF to go beyond condemnation. There has to be practical steps to tackle this matter beyond press statements.
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“It is quite interesting to note that the young men have continued to make threats despite the outrage expressed in several sections of the country over their action. This suggests that maybe they have elders who are prodding them. In the same vein, the Federal Government has also condemned the action and said it will arrest the youths who issued the ultimatum.
“But we are surprised and disappointed that, so far, those youths have not been apprehended. Rather, they are still going about, issuing more threats. It is unfortunate and disappointing that the Federal Government has not been able to arrest these unruly youths."
Legit.ng had previously reported that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has finally spoken on the three months quit notice threat given to Igbos by the Northern youth.
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