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Threat to Igbos: Northern Elders Forum Declares Support for its Youths



Professor Ango Abdullahi

The Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) has expressed its support for the call by the Coalition of Northern Youth Groups for Igbo to leave the region within three monthsPunch reports.

The spokesperson, Professor Ango Abdullahi expressed disappointment with the Northern Governors for not supporting the youth group and made it clear that the NEF is behind the youths.

Following the Kaduna state government’s call for their arrest and prosecution and the federal government’s statement that their threats be ignored, the youth groups have insisted that the Igbos should be let go.

He stated that it is hypocritical for the Igbo big personalities to escort Nnamdi Kanu when he was released on bail and still expect them to be allowed to live in other parts of Nigeria when they have been agitating for Nigeria’s break up.

He mentioned that the “Northern Youths” are pushed against the wall and it has been the NEF calming them down. Prof Ango said:


I am disappointed in the decision taken by Northern Governors’ Forum disowning and condemning the agitation by this young, agile and progressive youth groups.

Let me ask these Northern governors, who are they representing, are they representing spirits, ghosts or people of the North?

Recently, people from eastern part of this country, specifically Igbo, were busy calling for the Sovereign State of Biafra and from all indications, their leaders – including governors – are behind them.

Whoever feels Nigeria is not conducive for him, let him quit.

When Nnamdi Kanu was released on bail recently, over 100 vehicles escorted him to his residence, including big personalities from the south-west and south-east. This is somebody who has been agitating for the break-up of Nigeria; but his people were behind him. Therefore, I am behind the (Northern) youths.

This is because the Northern youths are pushed to the wall. We have been calming them down in any event similar to this.

These people always pretend that the North is cheating them, not minding the fact that Southern Nigeria was developed by resources from the North.

Please, look for a book written by Adamu Fika, the Waziri of Fika, on Nigeria’s budget before and after Independence. Each year, up to the time Nigeria gained its Independence, none of the two regions was able to provide for itself.

I mean, none of the Western and Eastern regions had the money to effectively run the affairs of its region until they got financial support from the Northern region and the tradition had remained during the colonial period and nothing changed after the colonial masters left the country.

The same money from the North that was used to construct Nigerian railways, refineries and other facilities.

First oil exploration was conducted using money from groundnut pyramid, cotton, hide and skin, among other cash crops from Northern Nigeria. However, these people tend to forget all these goodies provided by the North toward ensuring the unity and corporate existence of Nigeria.

They always look down on us, feeling that Northerners are parasites in this country.

Picture Credit: Punch


  1. Suga

    June 9, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    You see,I have always known that their elders were also behind the ultimatum therefore this would not be an empty threat come first October and trust me there is nothing El rufai and the FG would successfully do because these cabals are obviously stronger than they are.To all the if box leaving in the North “kindly use your tongue and count your teeth “All the best!

  2. Don Mba

    June 9, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Trouble in Naija

  3. mamaisabel

    June 9, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Northerners are so troublesome and domineering! Are they the only ones inhabiting Nigeria or is there it the usual notion by the Hausa man that he owns Nigeria since they won the Nigeria/Biafra war! Government should SERIOUSLY call these people to order. They will suffer the most if another war breaks out in this country cause they have the most wives, children and cattle.. people have the right to express themselves( peacefully). I was arguing this same matter with an Hausa man this morning and he was becoming agitated, I had to use tact, I excused myself and ran for dear life.

    Ndi Hausa- LIVE AND LET. LIVE!

  4. D

    June 9, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Agbalagba a Ma se aran bi Omo Kekere.please my Non -Northerners leave before that day. Eni ti sango ba ti oju e wo ile koni bu Oba koso.Most Northerners have nothing to live for(if you keep having children and expect alms and the street to feed them) My husband don’t like talking about it but my inlaw told me about what happened in year 2000 or so. Wahali my liver cut. These people are the real Omo Eran.

    • Comment

      June 10, 2017 at 1:12 am

      Those who live by stereotypes are no better than those who are causing this problem of discrimination.
      You can’t just generalize based on the stupidity of a few people. Causing trouble when they should be fasting and praying.

  5. Truth

    June 9, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    This is what I say all the time to our elders, they are the problem in our society. They are the ones that confuse youths to hate, and degrade others, instead of helping and uplifting others. These same elders will get these youths to vote for corrupt politicians, and leave them without anything at the end. Instead of fixing their homeland, they want to scapegoat someone. It is not only the northern elders, it’s our elders from each part of Nigeria, not caring for the future of the youths, but for their own immediate pockets and egos. May God help us youths to be wise in this generation and the ones to come!

  6. Na Wa!

    June 9, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Did Igbos just become the little boy that cried wolf? Na wa o. LOL for Biafra

    • nene

      June 9, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      what is “LOL for biafra”? smdh

  7. Jack

    June 9, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Pushed to the wall in what way?

  8. Tracy Edward

    June 9, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    They can do nothing. Instand of this youth in the north and south to build the country, whom our Fathers were not able to build, they are there signing papers and talking hate. Blacks wake up and build the Nation God gave you, ,my goodness Black people are you not tired of destorying youslves? Youth of Nigeria wake up Love each other and “make nigeria great again” Let work together as Blacks loving each other and build the Nation God gave US. Nigeria is the only country you have ooooooooo! God Bless Nigeria in Jesus Name Amen.

  9. Exotique

    June 9, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Dear Yoruba, do you see that he has an ish against the South West as well? Just in case you are feeling safe and less concerned

    • Iya ibeji

      June 9, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks for the concern Exotique. As a yoruba person having observed the ongoing issues among the major tribes in Nigeria, I have never deluded myself into believing that there is any love lost among the major tribes. Irrespective of the above, no group should threaten the other and get away with it. When they threaten the SE and get away with it,then they turn to the SW and SS with renewed vigour.
      In an ideal situation, both the youth and elders should be arrested but this is Nigeria.

  10. Mrs chidukane

    June 9, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    But you guys have become parasites. I’m really worried because nysc has refused to redeploy my cousins from jigawa. I don’t know why they’re being so stubborn about it.

  11. Jane(the real Jane)

    June 9, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Your cousins better redeploy themselves oo…this country aint worth it.. Left toe, scarp NYSC

  12. Jane(the real Jane)

    June 9, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Left to me Scrape*

  13. Jo!

    June 9, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    “…Southern Nigeria was developed by resources from the North.”. This man is delusional

    • nnenne

      June 10, 2017 at 12:13 am

      Even if it is so, should we remain your slaves for ever?

      BTW, this threat may be a blessing in disguise. We keep going in a vicious circle.
      After this one, give it a couple of years and it will happen again.
      Igbos start thinking inwards.

    • Victor Nnorom

      June 22, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      It is tells from the moonlight. An elder who called himself a Professor is calling for genocide against the Igbo simplify because they are crying out for injustice is an evil and wicked elder, He should be tried for treason and crime against humanity

  14. ess

    June 9, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    @mamaisabel how can you say the northerners are troublesome? are they the ones that have been clamouring for independence? The igbos are the ones inhabiting everywhere in the north and would still be troublesome in another man’s land. they were busy having protests and sit at homes and now they’ve been given the option to go but they won’t leave because of their greed and cowardly attitude. Pls let’s not allow sentiments to cover our sense.

    • Beyonce

      June 9, 2017 at 10:25 pm

      Where did they protest? Peaceful stay at home to honour fallen Biafrans is now the new protest. Quantinu.

  15. ess

    June 9, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    By the way is it by force to stay in another person’s state? they always claim to be the smartest and most civilized in this country. let them carry their smartness to Biafra let’s see how well it would go for them.
    we all know there’s nothing in the east so they’ll continue to stay in another man’s land and receive all the humiliations in the world

    • nnenne

      June 10, 2017 at 12:29 am

      @ ess… You are definitely correct. There’s nothing in the east. You have just confirmed what Igbo people are complaining about. …NARGNALIZATION.
      Do you know that the gross economy ( Before expenditure ) of the five Igbo speaking states is lower than that of Lagos state alone ?
      Now compare the Federal presence between those state and
      Nigeria is roomy enough for all of us but we got to treat everyone well. Soon, Hausas will be claiming Abuja!
      Under normal circumstances, it should not matter but a situation where citizens are reminded to go back to their ancestral homes, the need for equity, sharing and location of infrastructure, matters. .

  16. The Real Oma

    June 9, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    And this is a Professor????

  17. Engoz

    June 9, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    The agitation/negotiation to leave/stay in Nigeria by IPOB is with the Nigerian government, not with the ‘Northern elders/youth” or whatever senile, non-progressive community contraption you have up there. IPOB is the group from Igbo extraction agitating for Biafra. Their views like any other group is not a representation of the entire Igbo people. What these non progressive, irrational and intellectually lazy groups from the North, end up doing is give credibility to Nnamdi Kanu’s agitation for Biafra- that Nigeria is a place where the natives of a land can eject and kill other black people like them just because they don’t speak their language or follow their religion at every whim. Nnamdi Kanu was incarcerated for 2 years. His continuous detention was unlawful. The South East/West ‘big personalities’ and rational people were against the continuous detention of a human being without being prosecuted. This should not be translated as a support of Biafra, but a support for HUMAN RIGHTS. I know this is very difficult for simpletons like Ango Abdullahi to understand. Your angst should be against our judiciary system that is totally clueless on the rule of law. Again, the negotiation of Biafra is with the Nigerian government, not some community leader who has no constitutional rights to eject people from a land.

    • The Real Oma

      June 9, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      Very well said Engoz.
      @ess, up there, I was going to type you a response but Engoz captured the situation perfectly.
      I only hope you can move past your obvious bias to understand…

  18. Dee

    June 9, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    “Hating people because of their tribe is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which tribe does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.”

  19. Beyonce

    June 9, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    When did the south east interfere with what the Northerners are doing in the North.

  20. Tee

    June 9, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Everybody go return go their land. I sidon dey watch una grammar and analysis. When time reach, una eye go clear. This isn’t about SE, Naija should be at alert.

  21. Omoté

    June 10, 2017 at 2:56 am

    Let us stay safe, lock ur shops that day and avoid volatile areas oh! If you must go out, go out in groups and please it is safe to say be armed! These people have shown us times without number that they can get away with anything. It is indeed sad that Nigeria as we know it is headed for a breakup but that isn’t the saddest part. It’s the fact that lives will be lost. Let us keep burying our heads in the sand and wishing it away. All it takes is one event for everything to spiral out of control.

  22. O'yems

    June 10, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Yoruba adage says..tí a kòbá fa gbùrù, gbùrù kìí ńfa igbó.
    Where is all these heated / heightened Biafra movement 3yrs ago?
    When the going is good, and favourable, politically & govt appointment wise, Biafra is silent,
    When it’s not favourable, Biafra is alive
    So, now another group is dealing & druming with the similar measure with which Biafra is dealing & druming, then they are crying wolf.
    Marginalization does not stop South Easterners to invest massively and hold positions in other people’s land?
    You can’t eat your cake and have please!
    If the NE says you leave, then do so with dignity and let that further energize you to take feasible steps towards your desired emancipation.

  23. Ekwu

    June 10, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Just to show how much Ango Abdullah hates the Igbos, at no time has Ango Abdul’s ever gone to media to conderm Boko Haram. But see how very speedily he supports Arewa attacks and threats against the Igbos.

    Also, this man has never advocated for depature of Yorubas from the north despite the the agitations of O’duwa’s People’s Congress. But very quickly lends voice to threatening Igbos.

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