The umbrella body of Igbos, the Ohaneze has kicked against the directive of a coalition of Northern groups, including the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, on Tuesday, which orders Igbos resident in the 19 states of the North to leave before the end of three month or be forced to vacate.
The ultimatum expires on October 1, 2017.
According to the National President , AYCF, Yerima Shetima, on Tuesday at a press briefing in Kaduna, “We are also telling our brothers (northerners) out there in the South-East to get prepared to come back home.”
President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari meets with members of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF.
The text of the press conference 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) and Joshua Viashman for the Northern Youth Vanguard.
At the meeting, the National President of the Northern Emancipation Network, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman claimed that the Igbos have become a threat to national unity.
To him, the action of the North was as a result of the determination of the Igbos in asking for a Biafran state.
He said, “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.”
He, however, warned that the failure of the Igbo to heed the relocation order, the group would mobilise the people of region against them (Igbo).
National President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, further warned that their threat must not be taken with levity by the Federal Government.
In a swift reaction, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio-political body of the Igbo, asked Igbos to remain vigilant and go about their normal activities.
The Eastern leaders also called on the DSS to arrest and prosecute those Northern headers asking the Igbos to leave the north of Nigeria.