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7 Jun 2017

Igbos Leaving In The North Has Been Given Three Months To Pack And Leave(See Details)

A coalition of Northern groups, including the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, on Tuesday,
gave all Igbos resident in the 19 states of the North a three-month ultimatum to quit or be
forced out after the expiration of the October 1, 2017 deadline, Punch reports.

“We are also telling our brothers
(northerners) out there in the South-East to get prepared to come back home,”
the National President, AYCF, Yerima Shettima, said at a press conference in Kaduna.

The ultimatum followed a successful sit-at- home order enforced by the Nnamdi Kanu-led
Indigenous People of Biafra on May 30, 2017 which the five South-East states complied with.

The ultimatum was handed down at a well attended press conference held at the Arewa
House, Kaduna, on Tuesday.
The text of the press conference signed by Nastura Ashir Sharif (Arewa Citizens Action for
Change); Alhaji Shettima Yerima (Arewa Youth Consultative Forum); Aminu Adam (Arewa
Youth Development Foundation); Alfred Solomon, (Arewa Students Forum); Abdul-
Azeez Suleiman (Northern Emancipation Network), as well as Joshua Viashman, who
signed on behalf of the Northern Youth Vanguard.

The National President of the Northern Emancipation Network, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman,
who read the text of the press conference,
noted that the Igbo had become a threat to national unity, .
He noted that the action of the North was
necessitated by the persistence for the
actualisation of Biafra by the Igbo, saying this
had led to the impediment of other people’s
rights in the South-East by ‘the Indigenous People of Biafra and its overt and covert sponsors’.
Suleiman said;
“With the effective date of this
declaration, which is today, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, all Igbo currently residing
in any part of northern Nigeria are, hereby, served notice to relocate within
three months and all northerners residing in the South-East are advised likewise.

“All northern civil societies and pressure
groups are, by this declaration,
mandated to mobilize for sustained,
coordinated campaigns at their
respective state Government Houses, state Houses of Assembly, local
government council secretariats and traditional palaces.
“Our first major move shall be to reclaim, assume and assert sole ownership and
control of these landed resources currently owned, rented or in any way
enjoyed by the …Igbo in any part of northern Nigeria.”
Suleiman warned that the failure of the Igbo to
heed the relocation order, the group would mobilise the people of region against them

During the question and answer session, the
National President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Alhaji Yerima Shettima,
warned that their threat must not be taken with levity by the Federal Government.

When asked whether the Arewa Consultative Forum, Northern Elders Forum and other bodies
in the region were contacted, Shettima said
they did not need the permission of the elders
because according to him, ‘they are part of the
decadence in the North’.
“Never again shall we allow any group, (northern) elders to take us back. The
ACF was part of the decadence of the region,” he added.
Reacting to the development, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio-political body of the
Igbo, demanded ‘urgent action’ from the country’s security agencies.

Ohanaeze also urged the Igbo in the North to be ‘vigilant’ while going about their activities.

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