Igbo Quit Notice– On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, some self-acclaimed members of Arewa Youths from northern Nigeria gave an ultimatum to Igbos in the region to vacate and return to their homeland.
According to the Kaduna conference, they have until October 1, 2017 to leave the north.
The so-called Igbo quit notice was issued in response to the Biafra sit at home protest on 30th May marking the 50 years of the defunct nation.
Besides the 90 days ultimatum to the Igbos, the Northern group also declared the readiness of the North to leave the federal arrangement if they have a contrary order.
The group equally urged northerners in the South-east to return home as well.
To that effect, South East governors met on Wednesday to look into the supposed malicious Igbo quit notice.
The meeting was confirmed by Chief Nnia Nwodo, the President General of the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohaneze Ndigbo, during a night of tributes in honor of the late Ohanaeze chieftain and veteran Biafra soldier, Prof. Ben Obumselu.
The federal government and the United Nation have considered the threat to the relative unity of Nigeria. Interestingly, the recognized authorities of the Northern Arewa group has denounced any form of backing for the issuance of Tuesday’s Igbo quit notice.
Vanguard news also registered their suspicion that the declaration took place at Arewa House, Kaduna.
Arewa House is a significant northern structure, having served as the residence of the only Premier of Northern Nigeria, the late Sir Ahmadu Bello.
Bearing that in mind, it is not clear why such a pronouncement would be made in the historical premise without authorization from the Arewa leaders.
However, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) which is the umbrella social-cultural group in Northern Nigeria has reportedly maintained that they are not in support of the announcement and has disowned the suspicious youths who made the pronouncement earlier in the week.
The Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere has equally condemned the Igbo quit notice.
In response to the development, Ohaneze Ndigbo, has reached out to Igbos in the northern region to avoid panic as they address the issue.
Still on the sensitivity of the notice, Minister of Information Lai Mohammed had this to say:
“The issue of one group issuing a statement that is capable of destabilizing the country and being responded to by another group in another part of the country did not start today and did not start yesterday.”
“What l want to assure you is that the security organizations are very much on top of this matter.”
Represented by Edward Kallon, UN resident coordinator in Nigeria, the United Nations in an official statement on Thursday, June 8, called for peace whilst condemning the vacation notice.
“We have to work together to resolve peacefully any concern that different groups in the country may have.”
“I am heartened by reactions of leaders from all over the country condemning this ultimatum.”
“UN calls for tolerance and a spirit of togetherness in transparency to address the concerns of all the citizens in a peaceful manner.”
“I commend the Federal and State Governments, youth and civil society leaders, security agencies, cultural and religious leaders for their efforts to promote peace in the country.”
“The UN is ready to continue supporting Nigeria to build an enduring democracy in peace, prosperity and respect for diversity,”
Report says that the Nigerian government is hunting for the signatories of the controversial notice. No arrests have been made so far.
Meanwhile, some Igbos have started returning home to the southeast; as core northerners insist that Igbos must leave their land.