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Kaduna Government Orders Arrest of “Northern Youths” Threatening Igbos

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna

The Kaduna State Government has ordered the arrest of the “Northern Youths” who gave Igbos in the North till October 1, 2017 to leave the region.

The state government assured every resident of the state that nobody can tamper with their freedom to reside where they choose.

In a statement issued in Kaduna on Wednesday, the state government said that the constitutional right of every Nigerian to own property, move freely and to live in peace and harmony is sacrosanct.

Signed by Samuel Aruwan, spokesman to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, the statement said that the Kaduna State Government “strongly condemns the inciting, hate speech delivered by some self-appointed ‘northern youths’ seeking to target and violate the rights of our citizens of Igbo extraction.”

The statement continued:

The Kaduna State Government takes exception to the fact that the “northern youths” did their irresponsible press conference in Kaduna. This government has been consistent in taking action to punish hate speech and incitement. People who may feel unhappy about irresponsible comments or actions that have taken place in other states must know that two wrongs cannot make a right, and they cannot use our state to do or say things that threaten the peace.

KDSG has therefore ordered the arrest, investigation and prosecution of the signatories to the statement.

The Kaduna State Government condemns in the strongest terms the press statement by some self-appointed “northern youths” that threatened the safety and property of our citizens of Igbo extraction. Government assures every resident of our state that their constitutional and human rights to live peacefully and own property wherever they choose is sacrosanct. Even people who may feel unhappy about irresponsible comments or actions that have taken place in other states must know that two wrongs cannot make a right.

The Kaduna State Government believes in and will uphold the right of every Nigerian to live safely and develop his/her full potentials within its territory.

Reckless disregard for the rights of other citizens drips through the press statement by these “northern youths” who have chosen to use the discourse around restructuring to promote their own agenda of hate, division and incitement. This sort of opportunists cannot be allowed to distort debate, or turn it into a pretext for a barely-disguised agenda of displacement and dispossession of some citizens.

We will not tolerate such irresponsible statements and conduct in our state. The statement issued by the “northern youths” violates the laws of Kaduna State. Therefore, the Kaduna State Government has directed that its Ministry of Justice should prepare charges and prosecute the signatories and anyone complicit in arranging this egregious assault on the rights of fellow citizens.

Preparatory to prosecution, the police have been directed to immediately arrest, interrogate the signatories to the statement and investigate all the circumstances and persons that may be implicated in the matter.

The Kaduna State Government urges all residents to ignore the threats from the “northern youths”. We are in contact with the leadership of the Igbo community in Kaduna, and we delighted to say that this community, like all our other communities, believes in the strength of the constitutional order to protect all citizens.

KDSG wishes to encourage all our people to celebrate the diversity with which the Almighty has blessed us, to continue to shun agents of division, and to stand firm in upholding a common humanity. Everyone has a right to live in peace and harmony.

13 Comments

  1. Bennie

    June 7, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Better, !!!

    • Ludo33

      June 7, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      Funny enough. The people I pity in all of this are the minorities in the north. I saw a comment if someone that said he is from kaduna and a Christian and if the hausas start killing Igbo he will join and I laughed.. I laughed so hard. The same you that this same hausas have been killing since this year. Every day we hear news about how you have been butchered?? And am like se owa okay ni??

      The killings of other minority in other northern state nko? The one happening in maiduguri nko?? I pity you the minorities the most. Because paradventure what this people are seeing for materializes, then the next people to face are you the minorities and you will be cleared without anyone blinking. Because the Yorubas will say they are killing themselves not knowing they are finishing themselves. I’m sure some people don’t know chibok is a Christian town.

      The best is to coexist happily. In as much as there are people who want to separate, try and coexist. If it’s not working then a referendum should be done and the igbos leave peacefully. Yes, there can be a peaceful exist. You are shouting igbos go, go to your land. If the igbos go to their land and call their place biafra, next thing the federal government will come with their machineries for war. So if they want to go, do it peacefully. When they leave, they shoukd seek for visas to come into Nigeria. Anyone who wants to live in Nigeria will be there as a foreigner..

      The thing is no one owns any where in Nigeria. Every where belongs to everyone. That’s why it’s Nigeria. Just the same way someone from Texas can do anyhow in Miami. They all own America. And not one tribe

      Today, I now know whixh people have more hatred in their heart. I use to think the igbos have so much hatred for other tribes but today I know better r. Hence forth I’ll watch my steps.

  2. Remi

    June 7, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    the usual noise making. have they arrested the people that killed the deeper life preaching lady or the other lady who they murdered for telling a muslim northerner that he shouldnt do ablution………..the same people the same mindset…..
    please where is DSS now?????

  3. The Real Oma

    June 7, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    hmmm, very likely empty threat.
    Where are those apprehended for the Southern Kaduna killings?
    I hate to be pessimistic but this country has shown me something jare.
    same ol, same ol.

  4. Suga

    June 7, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    SUPER STORY.The El rufai should have waited till Thursday evening on NTA at 8:00pm to publish this.Arrest ko,arrest ni.No be today na. …If igbos at the North like let them continue to stay their till 1st October and they will end up having themselves to be blamed even after the Hausas have become very kind to even warn all this time before striking as usual.Na dem sabi !

    • Abi

      June 7, 2017 at 11:00 pm

      @Suga, are you suggesting that Igbos would be wise to buckle? Wouldn’t that mean that Nigeria is indeed not their country? And that the case for Biafra is valid?

  5. Darius

    June 7, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    El-Rufai is a bastard and a bigot. He hates christians!

    He ordered their arrest because of public outcry, and also because he has political ambitions – he wants to be President someday and he knew his inaction would come back to hunt him. His complicity in the killings of Christians in Southern Kaduna has already marred his chances of becoming President.

    Believe me when I say this: El-rufai subscribes to the views espoused by this useless so-called “coalition of northern youths”.

  6. Gloria

    June 7, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Lip service I call it. He hates Christian

  7. Victor Nnorom

    June 7, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    The so called Northern Youths are the most irresponsible elements in Nigeria today. These agents of BoKo Haram should not be allowed to exist in free society like Nigeria. I lost my uncles in the 1966 pogrom in the North. Anybody who is contemplating another genocide against the Igbos in this 21st Century must be suffering from mental problem. Igbos have invested over 100 Billion Dollars to develop the North and the agents evil and planning taking over their properties and kill them. The security agents must take a decisive action against them

  8. Moyo

    June 7, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    I’m 20yrs/F/Single and I’m from Kwara state, but I want to marry and Igbo man so I can move with them. To be honest they are the only people that makes sense in this country called Nigeria. When the igbos say biafar we are all quick to abuse and say we want to remain in Nigeria and they should go, but outside that we all say I tire for Nigeria,no light, no water, no security, dead infrastructure we can go on n on.so to be honest do we like Nigeria the way it is? My guess is NO, so why get angry with people that say they don’t like the system and want out?some are quick to say go, yes go leave lagos like lagos is their village. Those youruba shouting leave lagos don’t you have a state? I have been to the south east and I can say one thing, no Igbo state is under developed go to onisha,oweri,aba and Enugu. So that makes me to ask why the anger? It took me back to bob marly’s song( everybody is asking for peace,but no one is asking for justice) what I think they want is equal right and justice and that won’t be easy to give them.

    Like it or not that lagos we all talk about, they(igbos) make it happen from nolly wood to investment by the way most nolly wood moves is now getting closer to the east than lagos(asaba) I pick and Igbo man to stay with to an Hausa man any day any time. An Igbo man comes to your land start a business,build a house marry your ssister, eat you kind of food and speak your language. An house man comes to you land to shit on the street,ride Keke, sell suya,Mai ruwa, never rent a house but look for gate man work to do or look for an uncompletef building to stay in their dozens. They will never develop your land, they will marry a wife and keep her in their village, they don’t buy anything from any one( av u ever seen an houseman buy clothes or food from a standard store?)they will never learn your language and will never marry from where they make money,cos they don’t have value for their host.all the fighting in this country have never heard of an Igbo man killing anybody for religion nor tribe they just do business. We should learn to live as one. England,Scotland,Wales and Ireland together is called GREAT BRITIAN so why can’t us all find a way to leave to get her and call it GREAT NIGERIA. If you guys don’t want that then I’m ready to move with those of the future and not those that agree that Nigeria is sick and the whole world knows that but remain to keep doing things they have been doing for over 50yrs. Peope that rule us her older that the country, so how can they respect NIGERIA.

  9. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    June 7, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Nigeria Belongs to all of us. North, South , East or West. Nigerians should be free to reside wherever they choose to Live within the Country period. A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying.

    • Nuna

      June 8, 2017 at 10:34 am

      Unfortunately northerners don’t believe so.

  10. Lailatu

    June 7, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    @ least he hasn’t paid them not kill …yet.

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