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Northern Youth Groups Insist FG Should Let Igbos Go



The coalition of Northern youths has urged the Federal Government to initiate the process for a peaceful referendum to allow the Igbos go, Punch reports.

“We urge the Federal Government of Nigeria as a matter of urgency to initiate the process for a peaceful referendum to allow the Igbo to go. Let them go. We restate our determination and commitment to ensuring that the North will never partake in any contrived arrangement that would still have the Biafran Igbo as a component.

“We reiterate our call on Nigerian authorities and recognised international bodies such as the ECOWAS, AU and the UN to hasten the initiation of the process for the final actualisation of the Biafran nation and with it the excision of the Igbo out of the present federation,” Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, the spokesperson of the group said.

The group who had on Tuesday given Igbos an ultimatum to leave the region unless “major moves shall be made to reclaim, assume and assert sole ownership and control of these landed resources currently owned, rented or in any way enjoyed by the ingrate Igbos in any part of Northern Nigeria” has claimed that their words were mischievously distorted.

“We are today compelled to make this further statement to clarify our stand on some issues that trailed the Kaduna Declaration made on Tuesday. After meeting to review the fallout of that Tuesday’s declaration, our groups have arrived at the following fundamental observations: That some elements have for reasons best known to them, mischievously distorted the intent of our original script by alluding to such words as ‘violence,’ ‘threat,’ ‘war,’ and ‘mass action’ to it.

“We find this mischievous because as cultured, thoroughbred northerners we have never anywhere and at any time, under whatever circumstances, called anybody to violence as a means of conflict resolution. In strict observance of that tradition we never employ violence as a means of pursuing our interest and at every opportunity, we opt for peaceful engagements and implore people to eschew violence in all its ramifications,” the group said.

The Federal Government had on Thursday urged all well-meaning individuals and groups in the country to ignore all forms of threats issued by geo-political groups.


  1. bruno

    June 8, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    ” “We find this mischievous because as cultured, thoroughbred northerners”

    cultured and northerners, two words that should never be in the same sentence.

    • truth

      June 9, 2017 at 3:15 am

      While is this part of republic of Niger we allowed to join us bragging? Yorubas, I beg you for once to be bold and not be traitors, stop this rivalry with the east and request to leave so the hausa know what their true position really it.

    • Amanda

      June 9, 2017 at 5:58 am

      @ Truth – that is how you folks try to force those of us that are South South into your fight. A lot of us want absolutely nothing to do with your messy fight. If you want Biafra then fight your own battle.

    • Iya ibeji

      June 9, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      Truth you want yoruba’s to join with the east yet you insult the Yorubas in the same sentence. I hope you learn tact and diplomacy so you learn to relate well with people around you.

  2. Razz N Bougie

    June 8, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Now that they have changed tact, they are making more sense. They have a point. Very valid point.

    The truth of the matter is that any Igbo who is not openly against IPOB, is in support of IPOB. What is the real Igbo support of IPOB? 10%? 20%? 50%? I don’t understand? People are doing things haphazardly in your name, making it up as they go along, and you just keep quiet?

    • nnenne

      June 8, 2017 at 11:20 pm

      @Rass N Bougle. ..I am Igbo, not a member of IPOB, but I am very much in support of their agitation.
      Unlike, IPOB members though, I don’t believe the creation of an Igbo state is the answer but I am 100% in agreement that Igbo are marginalized and that the end to agitations is dialogue and tweaking things.
      The military autocracy. In Nigeria dud most of these damage. It’s about time we change things. For peace and progress to reign in Nigeria, you must do that, or you leave it for the next generation to do. But it must be done at some point.

      As for the north, calling on igbos to leave the north, it may be a blessing in disguise. Igbo may not be the last to leave.
      Could it be the shackles of the northern oligarchy will finally be lifted off our shoulders? ?
      As for taking over their properties…this is 2017 not 1966.

  3. Drknite

    June 8, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Lol at ” cultured and thoroughbred “. They forgot to include well-hung.

    • Wale Vintage

      June 9, 2017 at 10:28 am

      …by that they mean they are children of the rich and well connected in the north, so they can not be touched or arrested. And so far, nothing happened to them. Probably el rufai himself put them up to it?

  4. Jenny

    June 8, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Please where does this organisation come of to make this stupid statement? What have they done about all the rubbish in their region. Instead of them to face their Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen, abject poverty, appalling maternal mortality, shameful literacy rates, unemployment and deprivation say nothing of their contributions to insecurity in Nigeria. Misplaced priorities. Shut up and face your problems

    • sharon

      June 8, 2017 at 11:09 pm

      Thank you Jenny!! Such misplaced priorities

    • UC

      June 8, 2017 at 11:17 pm

      Right. This is not the conversation we should be having. The federal government needs to make it clear that they do not have the right to send anyone out of the state, Seriously this is the height of ignorance. This should not be taken lightly at all. It seems like a play now till it turns violent. Our leaders need to address this.

  5. john

    June 8, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Exodus 14:13 the Nigeria we see today we shall see it no more……..Nnamdi kanu is a genius… everything is falling into place as planned without him even doing much now..sit back and watch h ur enemies fight ur battle for you

  6. Igbo must go!

    June 9, 2017 at 1:31 am

    Please let Igbo go and leave South West too. We are also tired of you! Go and make your states great. We are tired of your greatness over here. Take FFK with you please. Wonderful Biafra!

  7. Tee

    June 9, 2017 at 3:53 am

    What exactly do you want? Stop beating around the bush…… [email protected] truth “Yorubas should be bold for [email protected] are you for real. Yorubas should answer this confused person or and the people that liked her comment. The same way about 137 people liked “harry” comment on adulterous Yoruba women

  8. Jay

    June 10, 2017 at 5:24 am

    I don’t understand why the igbo’s are agitated by the ultimatum given to them. For many months the igbo’s have been pro- Biafra. Why complain now. If the referendum takes place and Biafra becomes a new country, do they expect their properties in other states to be included in Biafra? Absolutely not!! The least they can do is to get a Nigerian visa so that they can travel to “Nigeria” to continue their business or better still look after their property. Let the igbo’s go!! Rivers state is not included in Biafra. Many years ago before the amalgamation, we had the Eastern Region, Northern region and western region. The capital of the eastern region was ” Calabar”. The igbo’s decided to move the capital to “Enugu” for reasons unknown. The first coup was carried out by the igbo’s, citing corruption of the then government. Ironically, the newly elected leader of the eastern region who was Igbo by the way, became corrupt too. After the amalgamation, how did the Biafra war start? Oil!! Yes you read right, oil!! The igbo’s wanted to have control over the newly discovered wells located in the south south.
    The igbo’s dominated the south south, that is why we have so many igboid languages. If you visit portharcourt township, most of the street are named after the igbos. The igbos colonized we the southerners.
    Back in the days, if someone is employed as a teacher in Ogba- Egbema local govt, the person would have to travel to “Enugu”to collect the letter.
    Ojukwu declared war with Nigeria, General Yakubu Gowon was having none of it. They were fighting to control the oil rich Niger delta.
    Ojukwu abandoned the igbo’s and went into exile, millions died, Igbo children were recruited to fight the war.
    Being outnumbered, Ojukwu went into exile, abandoning the igbo’s.
    It’s interesting how the igbo’s declared war without consulting the southerners who had no inkling of what was going on.

  9. Jay

    June 10, 2017 at 5:29 am

    BN where is my comment?

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