Some Northern youth organisations on Tuesday rose from a joint meeting tagged: “Kaduna declaration” and gave a five-month ultimatum to the Igbo in the North to leave the region.
They said that the ultimatum takes immediate effect and will expire October 1 this year.
The groups said that it was their reaction to the shutting down of major towns in the South East on May 30, 2017, by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in pursuit of their agitation for the Republic of Biafra.
Represented by their leaders at the meeting was Arewa Citizens Action for Change, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Arewa Youth Development Foundation, Arewa Students Forum and Northern Emancipation Network on The Igbo Persistence for Recession among others who vowed that never again will they fold their hands, adding that a time has come for them to take their destiny in their hands.
In a statement read by Mallam Abdulazeez Suleiman on behalf of others yesterday, the aggrieved youths said, “the region is tired of the marriage hence the need for restructuring as pronounced by many notable Nigerian leaders like former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Senator Shehu Sani among others.
“The persistence for the actualization of Biafra by the unruly Igbo of South-Eastern Nigeria has lately assumed another alarming twist which involved the forceful lockdown of activities and denial of other people’s right to free movement in the South-East by the rebel Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its overt and covert sponsors.
“This latest action and similar confrontational conducts which amount to a brutal encroachment on the rights of those termed as non-indigenous people residing and doing lawful businesses in those areas illegally demarcated and defined as Biafra by the Igbo, are downright unacceptable and shall no longer be tolerated.
Source: The Authority