El'Rufai orders arrest of persons that threatened Igbos

"All Igbos now residing in any part of northern Nigeria are hereby served notice to relocate within three months and all northerners residing in the East are advised likewise", a spokesman for a movement called the Northern Youth Groups is quoted to have said.

The minister assured that the security agencies were on top of the situation.

"The issue of one group issuing a statement that is capable of destabilising the country and being responded to by another group in another part of the country did not start today and did not start yesterday".

"Our northern traditional rulers and elders should quickly come out to condemn the statement by the group by calling them to order and call for peace".

"That as a prelude, we call on all Igbos now residing in any part of Northern Nigeria to relocate within three months, and northerners in the East should do likewise".

On the reassuring side, it was great to see the Kaduna State Government respond by calling for the arrest of those behind the ultimatum while Igbo leaders have also suggested that with all the resources poured into the North they can not be kicked out.

It said, "We resolved to call on the present Federal Government of Nigeria and its security forces as well as all elected and appointed public office holders and other key political actors in Southeast Nigeria not to repeat the dire mistakes of 1966 by taking for granted the recent anti-Igbo order".

"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".

Governor Nasir El-Rufai said that he had ordered police to arrest signatories to the statement, whom he said had sought to "promote their own agenda of hate, division and incitement".

He stated that, "the threat constituted subversive activities to the security of the country".

In a statement, the group said: "In the light of incessant threats to one Nigeria posed by killer-herdsmen, we call on good people of Middle Belt to first of all support the Anti-grazing Bill".

"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".

He described people of Igbo extraction as lovers of peace, reminding those who want them out that northerners were also residing in different parts of the south. We've accommodated every Nigerian for centuries now.

"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".

  • Leroy Wright