Any Igbo man or woman who stays does that at his/her own risk, says coalition
Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, on Tuesday, ordered Igbos resident in the 19 states of the North to live within the next three months or be forced out after the expiration of the October 1, 2017 deadline.
The coalition also call on Northerners to quit the South East, “We are also telling our brothers (northerners) out there in the South-East to get prepared to come back home,” the National President, AYCF, Yerima Shettima, noted at a press conference in Kaduna.
MASSOB led by Nnamdi Kanu had initially ordered a sit-at-home for Igbos in the South East on the 30th of May and which was effective in the 5 South Eastern states.
The ultimatum was handed down at a well attended press conference held at the Arewa House, Kaduna, on Tuesday.
The communique released by the Northern groups was signed by Nastura Ashir Sharif (Arewa Citizens Action for Change); Alhaji Shettima Yerima (Arewa Youth Consultative Forum); Aminu Adam (Arewa Youth Development Foundation); Alfred Solomon, (Arewa Students Forum); Abdul-Azeez Suleiman (Northern Emancipation Network), as well as Joshua Viashman, who signed on behalf of the Northern Youth Vanguard.
The National President of the Northern Emancipation Network, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, who read the text of the press conference, noted that the Igbo had become a threat to national unity.
He insisted that their actions was due to the provocation of the MASSOB movement after the sit-at-home protest
Suleiman stated, “With the effective date of this declaration, which is today, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, all Igbo currently residing in any part of northern Nigeria are, hereby, served notice to relocate within three months and all northerners residing in the South-East are advised likewise.
“All northern civil societies and pressure groups are, by this declaration, mandated to mobilise for sustained, coordinated campaigns at their respective state Government Houses, state Houses of Assembly, local government council secretariats and traditional palaces.
“Our first major move shall be to reclaim, assume and assert sole ownership and control of these landed resources currently owned, rented or in any way enjoyed by the …Igbo in any part of northern Nigeria.”
Suleiman warned that the failure of the Igbo to heed the relocation order, the group would mobilise the people of region against them (Igbo) and that their threat should never be taken lightly.