Swift condemnations have followed the recent threat issued by a coalition of Northern Nigeria sociopolitical and cultural youths groups (though most of its members are in their 50s and 60s) to the Igbo of Southeastern Nigeria to leave the north within three months or be forced out.
The groups under the umbrella of Coalition of Northern Youths (CNY), had issued the threat on Tuesday after a joint meeting in Kaduna termed the ‘Kaduna Decleration’ through one Mallam Abdulazeez Suleiman, gave the Igbo up to October 1st to leave the region or be forced out.
The Northern youths groups are the Arewa Citizens Action for Change, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Arewa Youth Development Foundation, Arewa Students Forum, Northern Emancipation Network on The Igbo Persistence for Secession as well as other splinter organizations.
The presidency, the Northern Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), the Northern Governors Forum and other concerned groups and individuals have condemned the threat issued to the Igbos by the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum.
In its condemnation of the AYCF’s threat to Igbos, the Norhern Governors Forum through its Chairman, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State said that the country is one and united, hence no one should fan the embers of rancor and disunity. He therefore urged Igbos resident in the North to go about their lawful business as the government would maintain peace and order at all times.
Meanwhile, some pan Igbo groups have called on their kinsmen, the Igbos, residing in the North to be alert and security conscious in order to guard their lives and property since history has shown that their safety cannot be guaranteed by the Nigerian state.