Arewa Youths Charge Buhari To Resist Temptation To Sack IGP

Members of the Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, yesterday charged President Muhammadu Buhari to resist the temptation to sack the IGP saying that many were envious of Ibrihim Idris’s achievement in such a short time and will therefore look for any way possible to tarnish his image.

This was revealed in a statement by its National President, Alhaji Yerima Shettima to newsmen in Kaduna.

According to the statement the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, did not spend more than 24 hours in Makurdi, the Benue state capital, when he was ordered to relocate to the state.

The statement reads in part; “It has come to our notice that certain vested interests in the country are after the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for selfish reasons.

“We wonder why those trying to set President Buhari against the IGP pretend that there is a difference between Makurdi and Benue. “

 

Obasano’s Agenda Is A Selfish Agenda To Bring Disunity- Arewa Youths

The Arewa Youth Assembly (AYA) have reacted to actions of former President Olusegun Obasanjo as a way to bring about disunity in the federation.

Recall that OBJ wrote a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari advising him to stop his thoughts of a second term and stating the situations of things in the country. This letter

AYA in a statement signed by its Speaker, Mohammed Salihu, reiterated its rejection of Obasanjo’s Coalition for New Nigeria (CNM), describing it as a selfish agenda created to cause disunity among Nigerians and accusing OBJ of killing the principle of internal democracy in the country.

“It is obvious that OBJ has made himself the Nigerian landlord; it is either you dance to his tune or be chased out but the beauty of Democracy is that power lies with the people and we are the people. We will decide who govern us.

“In 1999 when the then President Obasanjo was elected on a national consensus on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), there were a lot of expectations from Nigerians, haven come out of a dictatorship from the hands of the military.

“People were anxious to be part of a new form of governance only for such expectations to be cut short with yet another form of dictatorial leadership under Obasanjo.

“Former President Obasanjo assumed a form of a god; only his wishes were sacred. Those who opposed to his antics were sacked or silenced; internally party democracy became endangered; lawlessness became lawful if blessed by the powerful OBJ. Since that time till date, internal democracy in Nigeria has not regained consciousness,” the group said.

 

Igbo Eviction: Northern Youths May Withdraw Order Today

Barring any last minute change of mind, the Coalition of Northern Youth Groups (CNYG) will today suspend a clause in its Kaduna declaration, otherwise known as ‘quit notice’ issued Nigerians of the Igbo extraction to leave the 19 Northern states by October 1.

A source who is privy to the activities of the coalition told this paper that the Northern youths have concluded plans to announce the suspension of the ‘quit notice’ at an international press conference in Abuja today.

According to the source who preferred not to be mentioned in print, the CNYG’s decision to withdraw the quit notice followed series of meeting with numerous stakeholders.

He said the final decision to withdraw the quit notice was taken since last week at a meeting between the leadership of the coalition and seven prominent Northern elders.

“At the meeting which took place last week Wednesday, the Northern elders persuaded the Arewa youths to withdraw the quit notice for the sake of national interest, in order that the country be kept as one”, the source added.

Recalled that at the height of the tension generated by the quit notice issued the Igbos, the Arewa youths were engaged in series of meetings with eminent stakeholders in the country in frantic moves to prevail on them to rescind their decision.

The stakeholders who invited the coalition for a meeting include eminent Northern traditional rulers, the Northern Governors’ Forum led by Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, the Directorate of State Security, the National Peace Committee, the Northern Elders Forum, several Igbo leaders and cultural groups, including Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youths Worldwide and the Eze Ndigbo in all the 19 northern states.

Also, a position paper by the coalition titled, ‘General Assessment and Possibility of Review of the Kaduna Declaration and a letter it wrote to the Vice President exclusively obtained by our correspondent confirmed the decision by the northern youth groups to withdraw the quit notice.

In the position paper, the CNYG said the decision to withdraw the quit notice is tied to a set of demands which it had articulated for the attention of the National Peace Committee, the Northern Governors’ Forum (NGF) and the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) for onward transmission to the presidency.

The conditions attached include the immediate re-arrest of the self-appointed leader of the indigenous people of biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, who breached his bail conditions.

According to the coalition, the strange quit notice, issued on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in Kaduna, was in response to the breakaway agitation by Igbos under the auspices of IPOB led by Kanu.

The CNYG noted in the paper that they were at different times prevailed upon by stakeholders to reconsider their stance in the interest of national security and unity.

In the position paper, CNYG recalled the four grounds on which it based its decision to issue the ‘Kaduna Declaration as follows: “The Igbo’s arrogant attitude of continuing affront on the peace of Nigeria, spewing hatred and heaping insults on others and expecting everyone else to stoop condescendingly to this brazen affront.

“The incessant threat, insult, violence and open call for war on all other tribes and regions that has become the hallmark of IPOB’s Biafran agitation based on fake and exaggerated claims of marginalization, is, to put it mildly, offensively provocative.

“No reasonable standard allows a people to defer with the universally recognized path of civility and opt for violent campaigns and hate summons on a mere perception of marginalization anywhere in the world.

“At one time or another, other parts of Nigeria have also made similar complains of marginalization but followed it up in civilized democratic manner as against the Igbo violent option”, it said then.

Although the Kaduna State government swiftly reacted to the controversial decision of the Arewa Youths by ordering the arrest of their leaders who made the pronouncement, the order was never effected by the Kaduna State Police Command, a situation that further aggravated exchange of words between some Southern and Northern leaders.

Also, the federal government had initiated various peace moves as championed by the then acting president, Osinbajo, with series of meetings with leaders of thought from the North and the Southeast in order to douse the tension raised by the Kaduna Declaration.

Meanwhile, the letter dated Thursday, August 17, 2017 by the Arewa Youths intimating Osinbajo of their decision to suspend the ‘quit notice’ to Igbos today, which was obtained yesterday was signed by the coalition’s chairman, N.A. Sharrif.

“We have resolved to announce at an open air international press conference on Thursday, August 24, 2017 in Abuja the definite suspension of the relocation clause contained in the Kaduna Declaration”, CYNG told Osinbajo in the letter titled, ‘Update on The Kaduna Declaration and Commending Your Excellency’s Effort at Maintaining National Security and Peace’

The Arewa Youths also demanded that seven conditions must be met as necessary to the definite suspension of the quit notice.

The conditions include to allow the Igbos and support them to hold a referendum to decide their future, either as Nigerians or as biafrans, in view of the fact that the population of the Igbos that supports Biafra is far larger than the few who seem to be against it.

The coalition noted that by virtue of Nigeria being a signatory to the various international conventions that entrench the right of a people to self-determination, it was only proper for Nigerian authorities to reflect that right in the ongoing constitution review so as to end the deception that Nigeria’s unity is non-negotiable.

The CNYG stated: “If for any reason a referendum cannot be held for the moment, we insist the Igbo both in the Southeast and in other parts of Nigeria be made to discard totally any idea of Biafra and to show practical actions to prove that they believe in one Nigeria.

“All southeast political and religious leaders including elected and other office holders should openly denounce Biafra and declare loyalty to one Nigeria by doing away with all symbols and flags of Biafra and replacing them with recognized Nigerian symbols.

“In collaboration with law enforcement agencies, a careful, lawful and purposive search should be conducted of all suspected premises in the North in which IPOB sympathizers might be amassing arms. This is necessary because since the declaration of war by IPOB, there had been cases of interception of caches of arms concealed and smuggled into some parts of northern Nigeria.

“Immediate steps should be taken for the rearrest of Nnamdi Kanu and his appropriate prosecution; total closure of the open drug markets operating in Northern Nigeria and the implementation of the NDDG using the initial channel of distribution, and lastly

“We demand that the federal government comes up with clear laws on hate speech, even if the Igbos leave Nigeria, this law should remain to contain other individuals or groups whose way of agitation is to engage in hate speech capable of disrupting peace and harmony”

Source: Leadership

October 1st: Yerima Reveals Northern Leaders Agreed With Quit Notice

Alhaji Shettima Yerima, leader of the Coalition of Northern Group (CNG), which issued the three-month ultimatum in June has revealed that the October 1 quit notice issued by Arewa youths to Igbo residing in the north had the backing of prominent leaders of the region.

 Yerima who spoke in Lafia, during the zonal meeting of the Coalition in Nasarawa, explained that in June 2017, a group of prominent northern leaders met with  members of Arewa youths to take the position. 

“On June 6,  2017, a group of leaders from the north came together to deliberate on the situation in the country.

“After their deliberation, we realised the need to make a statement on the activities of the Biafra agitators in the country.”

As the deadline draws closer, he said the group would soon meet to take a stand on the next line of action.

He said the Kaduna declaration was in response to  the Biafra agitation. 

According to him, the quit order was precipitated by the activities of Biafra agitators in the South-east led by Nnandi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) that was threatening the peace and unity of the country. 

“We cannot fold our hands to watch an individual hold this country to ransom.

“We can’t allow an individual insult our leaders and play over our sensibilities,” he said.

He said the quit notice was a signal to Kanu and his group that Nigeria cannot be undermined by a single individual, even as he described Kanu as a frustrated human being seeking political relevance. 

Yerima, who led other groups in the north to the  annual meeting said after due consultations, they had decided to relax the quit order and watch events, but added that his group would soon take a stand on the October 1 deadline. 

He further said that agitation was a normal thing but it must be within the ambit of the law, which Kanu had breached.

He said folowing the quit notice, prominent Igbo leaders and important organisations like Ohaneze Ndigbo came up to dissociate themselves from Kanu’s activities, saying that he did not represent them. 

He described northerners as intelligent people contrary to the belief that they were illiterate.

He advised youths to shun violence and thuggery and concentrate on taking their destinies in their hands. He appreciated northern leaders, like the Sultan of Sokoto and the Borno State governor for their intervention on the quit notice, noting that the Coalition was out to ensure that Nigeria remain united.

Arewa Youths Finally Agrees To Review Ultimatum

As a result of the October 1st ultimatum given by the Arewa youths to Igbos living in the northern part of the country,  Northern youths and the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youths Council, this weekend met in order to come to a common course for peaceful co-existence of various groups in all parts of the country.

The northern coalition has said it has begun the process of reviewing its earlier demands asking the Igbo to quit, but said it would not back down on its petition to the United Nations asking it to intervene in the affairs of the nation. It also insisted that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu,  be punished for the damage done to the psyche of Nigerians.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after the meeting in Abuja, chairman of the Coalition of Northern Youths, Yerima Shettima, who commended the move, said the peace meeting between the two groups led to the formation of a six-member committee, which will facilitate another meeting in the South-East.

Shettima also said, “Leaving Nnamdi Kanu to go unpunished is totally unacceptable to us because he has so far done much damage on our psyche and our nation.

“So, for us, we think the best we can do is to internationalize this struggle. Behind the background of what we are doing today, most likely in the event of anything falling short of what we agreed, of course, we are already in the UN reporting this same character. That does not stop us from discussing to arrive at a particular conclusion where we can have peace in the country. “On our previous position, we have not officially withdrawn the quit notice given to the Igbo in the North but we said it few days ago that we will review our position and part of that steps is what we are taking now.”

Dangote And The Arewa Youths By SOC Okenwa

Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Chairman of Dangote Group, is the African richest man and one of the richest in the world. The business mogul made his money through dint of harwork (or so we had thought before now). He wines and dines with Presidents, Prime Ministers, Kings and Queens around the world. His colossal investments transcend international boundaries. To the best of our knowledge he is not haughty or been involved in any scandal associated with a pre-President Donald Trump for example. In the Forbes list of billionaires Dangote occupies an enviable position to the pride and glory of Nigeria in particular and Africa in general. Making money decently is not a tea party!

As a man of money Dangote is not like the late Bashorun MKO Abiola who courted controversies and married many wives fathering countless children! Dangote is humble, patriotic and deeply religious. He is not known to be suffering from the rich-man complex or syndrome associated with many African billionaires and millionaires.

Millions of Nigerians are using Dangote products across ethnic or religious lines. Thousands earn a living through his companies’ employment opportunities. Someone once told me sometime ago that Dangote could have employed more Nigerians than the federal government and we laughed over it! Of course he is a great employer of labour.

Disciplined and munificent Dangote’s entrepreneurial ingenuity marks him out as a great man, a great Nigerian. When I was about to build a house in my village I remember going for his cement in up-town Ihiala, Anambra State, in 2005. According to those who know him better he has a great heart! But could be ruthless when it comes to business deals and interests.

Recently, however, the big man had innocuously waded into the social tension in the country arising mainly from the October 1 ultimatum given to the Igbos up north by the so-called Arewa youths to vacate the entire north for their various villages or towns in Igboland. Dangote, a man not known for megalomania or magniloquence, had dismissed the quit notice stressing that people should not engage or dignify same with any response. He had said: “Some fellows who have no relevance and values came out to issue a warning that Igbo should leave the North. I am surprised everybody started talking about this nonsense. Why are we talking about it? Obviously, in a place where there is a lot of joblessness, it is expected that this kind of jobless people would come out with all sorts of anger……We understand the reasons why they are angry, but, they cannot justify their action when they have decided not to work. They only issued the senseless warning to keep themselves relevant.”

Of course he overreached himself by calling them “jobless youths seeking relevance”. Soon after this declaration, however, the Arewa youths issued a strongly-worded statement full of invectives and allegations against the cement magnate. When I read online that incendiary statement I was shocked. Shocked because of the virulent tone employed and the accusations it bore. According to the release: “Most importantly, we are very much proud that we are only “jobless’ as claimed by Dangote, but then, none of us has the record of ever being involved in drug peddling or currency counterfeiting……All our lives, since childhood, we have never been found wanting in any money-worshipping venture to the point of criminally peddling hard drugs and, or forging hard currency.”

They did not stop there as they went on to say: “We all know that Dangote and all those that appear uncomfortable with our Kaduna Declaration are those who thrive from condescending against northerners and the northern values. They represent a pack of scavengers who would readily negotiate the general interest of their people in order to cover up their dirty sources of wealth and fame…In particular, Dangote has never been and can never be among genuine northern patriots and therefore his support for, or opposition to anything that tends to serve the interest of the region and its people is inconsequential and is not expected….If anything, Dangote is no more than a moral liability to the cultured north having become the final destination where every corrupt government official dump their public treasury loot. He is therefore morally liable along with other Igbo accomplices for the economic hardship wrought on Nigeria in the past 25 years.”

But in a counter declaration a coalition under the auspices of Joint Northern Youth Forum came out in defense of Dangote asking the Arewa youths to stop insulting their champion. According to them: “It has never happened and anyone who knows Dangote would readily admit that he has been a hardworking investor for decades and not a politician. The Coalition’s bedtime story about Obasanjo asking Dangote to run for the nation’s presidency is also laughable indeed…. This can never be true, given the hundreds of thousands of Northerners earning a livelihood through his vast array of investments in the North…And for whatever it is worth, Dangote deserves respect for rebuilding the lives of many young Northerners through his chain of businesses…. If we cannot celebrate his efforts to give meaning to the lives of many northerners in particular and Nigerians in general, we should also not cast aspersions on him…When the so-called Coalition said its members are not involved with “drug peddling and currency counterfeiting” what are they insinuating? What business has the respected African entrepreneur got to do with it? It is not in the character of northerners to be involved with insulting elders, especially elders that are enterprising and economically productive.”

The statement described as sad and unfortunate the accusations made by the coalition that Dangote Group is a destination for corrupt government officials, saying there was no iota of truth in the allegation: “The insinuation that Dangote group of companies is a “financial destination for every corrupt government official” is simply ridiculous because his chain of investments have never been associated with the trial of corrupt public officials by agencies like the EFCC or ICPC for many years. Dangote would not have been recognised by credible institutions like Forbes as the richest man in Africa.”

For us Dangote made his great fortune legitimately unless a valid proof is provided on the contrary by Prof. Ango Abdulahi and Yerima Shettima and their Arewa charlatans. So the wild allegation of dealing in narcotics, money laundering or counterfeiting or liaison with politicians associated with graft cannot fly so easily. Whilst we recognise the old saying that behind every great fortune there is a crime we hold that Aliko has never been involved in any financial scam or hard-drug related offense or money laundering. He relates well with politicians but we believe the relationship is never tainted with any crime.

Yet it goes without saying that Dangote as the richest living black man ought to have done better in the area of empowering the ‘talakawas’ in the north being recruited by the Arewa youths and even Boko Haram terrorist organisation! His prosperity story is one that should, ordinarily, inspire us and make us proud as Nigerians. But majority of our people are still victims of poverty with many living dangerously on less than a Dollar a day! While billionaires and millionaires abound in our unjust society there are still compatriots out there dreaming of eating three square meals a day or getting befitting employment or even counting one thousand Naira as savings after a gruelling month’s work.

Against this background Aliko Dangote cannot possibly be too proud of his powerful status as one of the richest men in the universe simply because of his Nigeriannness and the ebbing Nigerianness of many of his compatriots. One man, one billionaire of great charity could impact positively on the lives of many Nigerians more than Dangote has done thus far. We hold nothing against him but more needs to be done to leave his marks on the sands of the time. Allah has been kind to him and Nigeria has been a blessing to him too. So he must give back to the society that made him more than he is currently doing.

The last time we checked Dangote was not a politician and he does not belong to any political party in Nigeria. So the allegation of the old wily Obasanjo convincing him to become one or strategising on how to impose him on Nigerians as President (as he did the late Yar’Adua/Goodluck Jonathan) can only be taken as an idle talk. Any possibility of an Obasanjo getting himself involved in our presidential choice, come 2019 or 2023, sounds hollow. Nigeria of today is not the same as that of 1999 and Obasanjo is no longer President so the space or power he possesses for any manoeuver towards that end is negligible. Besides, even if we take it on face value to be true it is bound to fail. We need a younger man (as the French electorates did recently by electing the 39-year old Emmanuel Macron as President) to preside over our affairs now that we know that gerontocrats are not necessarily blessed with the wisdom of Solomon!

Between Dangote and the “talakawas”, the Arewa youths and their elders, there is no love lost. The problem lies in the fact that the international businessman was only trying to be seen as a pan-Nigeria investor who is at home in Lagos, Enugu or Kaduna; one unwilling to aid and abet the nonsense of the Arewa youths’ quit notice to the Igbos. It is not that he loved the Igbos more than his insultive brothers; it is simply a question of protecting one’s corporate interests upon sensing that those interests could be jeopardised in the event of war or any relative social explosion. Having said that we believe that Dangote deserves some respect from the Arewa youths.

The huffing and puffing must stop fortwith. Empty moral grandstanding cannot help our challenged nation move forward. We must refrain from chasing shadows and shunning substance. Everyone must purge themselves of their own ignoble attempts at distracting the public. We deserve better!

SOC Okenwa
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Redrawing Nigeria’s Philosophical Map By Sonola Olumhense

It is something of an irony that while Nigeria’s elected leader lies in a hospital bed in, we are told, the United Kingdom, some presumed youth of his northern half of the country have announced a plan to deny the Igbo further geopolitical presence in the area.

In previous interventions, I have expressed strong objection to President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to seek medical care abroad, particularly after he banned public officers from doing so. I have also pitched my camp with those who hold that he sets a bad example by choosing to keep his diagnosis a secret, especially given that public funds are being lavished on the medical campaign.

Presumed youth? The so-called “pan-Northern” organisations which issued the statement last week in Kaduna claimed to be youth groups. Now reportedly being sought by the security agencies, they may be no youth at all in a country in which youth wings of political parties are often unashamedly led by men over 50.

Nonetheless, they decided they would arrogate to themselves a response to the agitation of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for a state of their own. They, these youth of the North, would rid the North of all Igbo, they said.

It is of some comfort that the federal authorities and the governors of the northern states reacted immediately, denouncing the announcement, and setting out to find the perpetrators and end the threat.

My one lottery ticket during my adult life has been Nigeria, as one indivisible and vibrant political entity.

While that hope persists, this doesn’t mean my views, or those of others, must remain static. That is, there is no reason on earth why a citizen of Nigeria should not dream of change, perhaps within the context of a different political arrangement, even an extraneous one. It is how individuals act on a dream that matters, and many are known to have died for the right to live in a political arrangement which best defines them.

How persuasive is ‘One Nigeria’?

In the late 1960s, when I hid behind my parents as a young boy as the civil war raged, the answer was: very much. “Very” is still the popular answer if you are looking strictly at the political propaganda. There are many who are eager to mouth the words, but who demonstrate no commitment in practice.

In practice, “very” is a dubious, doubtful dream because it has been betrayed by the nation’s leaders and the political elite for the past half century as we have become poorer as much of means as of spirit.

In my view, it is in this context that the return of the Biafra dream, just like Boko Haram, must be understood. Despite a lot speeches to the contrary, the truth is that in the past 50 years, the Nigerian state has worked not to unify, but to diversify; not to plant, but to harvest. When you harvest what you have not sown, you are a thief.

Our people say you cannot smack a child and yet prevent that child from weeping. You cannot stab a living being and decree that he not bleed. In theory, the civil war ended in 1970, but you cannot simply say “shut up” to someone who demands evidence of such an assertion.

The fractionalisation of Nigeria is an active, living, breathing operation. Where several nations have in the past generation liberated hundreds of millions of their people from poverty, ours is the reverse. Ours is an under-developing economy characterised by a small wealthy class built on government patronage and outright brigandage by officials and their cronies.

This is how, in 50 years, we have built a nation in which you only need to know the right people; you don’t have to know anything. Our governments are not of the best or the most suitable citizens assembled to serve, but a selection of the most available for the propagation of themselves. The police force is not for law and order, but for the protection of the allied elite.

That is how we have remained a stunted, backward democracy streaking pretentiously into the past while others soar past us into the future, or to Olympic gold. It ought to be no surprise that some people find themselves to be isolated or left behind, as the same instruments of state that are being used to protect and nurture the chosen are deployed against them.

This does not mean I support Biafra, or Oduduwa, or any of the several 1885 Berlin-style alterations to the Nigeria map now being advocated. It means that all of this is understandable because Nigeria is a house set in sand and nurtured by hypocrisy.

Politically, the Nigeria federation as currently constituted is unworkable. It is evident that she must be restructured not just so she can move forward, but to ensure her survival. Not only was the balance of powers and responsibilities between the centre and the federating components faulty to begin with, decades of irresponsible manufacturing of states and dangerous manipulation of power by military leaders has worsened the situation.

But restructuring, towards a more realistic devolution of authority and responsibility, will provide a new chance to think through the challenge before us and learn from our mistakes, and provide new hope.

The question is: how many legs, hope? For these 50 years, Nigeria’s self-centred political elite and her even lazier leadership has demonstrated a penchant for avoiding the difficult tasks, while settling for cliched speech-making and sabre-rattling. War against corruption, they say. Vision 2020. National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy. Rebranding. Transformation Agenda. Change.

Largely because conception was flaky and implementation never intended, with each new slogan has come greater poverty, corruption and division, along with less social justice and development. Read the speeches of Nigeria leaders Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan between 2000 and 2015: away from the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York, they did not mention the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the world’s development plan, at all.

During that same period, several countries such as Brazil, Indonesia, Uganda and South Africa were—through dogged implementation of the same plan—leading tens of millions of their citizens out of poverty.

Here is how well during the period we developed our infrastructure: Obasanjo’s wife died in a hospital abroad; Yar’Adua spent a good deal of time in foreign hospitals until he died; and First Lady Patience Jonathan spent a lot of time in a foreign hospital and by her own admission almost died. As we all know, Nigeria’s current leader is in yet another foreign hospital.

Take any sector and any sample size you like, and the conclusion is the same: Nigeria is a crime scene in a country where crime pays. The best criminals run the police farce, and their best achievement is to arrive at the scene and arrest the victims.

We fought a war to keep Nigeria one, only to develop amnesia not simply about the source of our tragedy, but that peace and development for all must be nurtured, and not treated as a slogan.

And yet, if we can combat our own hypocrisies and arrogance, it is not too late to start over as one, and avert real darkness.

No Plans to Evacuate Igbo from North – S/East Governors

The South East Governors Forum (SEGF) has dispelled rumours that the governors have met and agreed to mobilise vehicles and cash for the evacuation of Igbo resident in the north.

“The rumours should be disregarded, as they are nothing but tissues of lies,’’ the Chairman of SEGF and Ebony governor, Mr. David Umahi, said in a statement on Friday.

“ No amount of provocation would lead us to such a precipitate and irresponsible action at this time.

“Those exploiting such vacuous tittle-tattle as a basis for divisive rhetoric in public spaces are simply playing juvenile politics and we urge them to cease and desist.’’

He appealed to Igbo resident in the North to go about their lawful daily engagements without fear of intimidation, hindrance or molestation and assured them that of corporate existence of Nigeria.

“The Forum has repeatedly reiterated its commitment to and preference for the existence of a virile, united, prosperous and progressive Nigeria where justice, fairness, equity, mutual respect and equality of opportunity to all citizens regardless of creed, ethnicity or gender will reign supreme under the inflexible rule of law.

“We have had occasions recently to take this position publicly in response to the agitation, but peaceful actions of some Igbo youth.’’

The governors, he said, would continue to take a similar stance in response to any action that might threaten the cohesiveness of Nigeria or designed to cause its rupture.

He said that the lives and property of law-abiding citizens Igbo were as precious as the lives and property of all Nigerians, irrespective of the region of their abode within this Republic.

“These must be guaranteed and defended against all forms of threat and aggression, both domestic and external, by the security forces and agencies of
the Federal Republic of Nigeria.’’

The governors are collaborating effectively with the security agencies to ensure that no harm of any description was done to any law-abiding Nigerian citizen resident in the South East, including those from the North.

H called on all serious minded patriots, religious leadership in the North; the leadership of other socio-cultural groups; Nigerian Governors Forum; and all the service branches to rise up with voices of peace and wisdom to counteract the mischievousness and exuberant excesses of the northern youth.

“The ugly lessons of history are too grim to be stoked with carelessness,’’ he warned and that as leaders,“ we must exert the full measure of our powers and influence to forestall a repetition’’.

He expressed appreciation to all Nigerians, including the presidency; reputable socio-cultural group, including Afenifere, who have declaimed the threat by the northern youth, and “thus underscored the unity and oneness of this nation’’.

The forum also appreciated Senate President Bukola Saraki; former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; “our brother Governors particularly Alhaji Kashim Shetimma (the Chairman of Northern Governors Forum).

The Forum also thanked Rtd. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, the Honourable Minister of Interior;, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna state; the leadership of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF); the security agencies and many others.

Confusion For Igbos Living In The North

Northern youths after having a meeting comprising of youths from all northern states tagged: ” Kaduna Declaration” have given a five-month ultimatum to the Igbos in the North. This ultimatum will expire on the 1st of October, 2017.
According to the youth group, the decision was their reaction to the shutting down of major towns in the South East on May 30, 2017, by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in pursuit of their agitation for the Re­public of Biafra.
Represented by their lead­ers at the meeting was Arewa Citizens Action for Change, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Arewa Youth Devel­opment Foundation, Arewa Students Forum and North­ern Emancipation Network on The Igbo Persistence for Recession among others who vowed that never again will they fold their hands, adding that a time has come for them to take their des­tiny in their hands.
In a statement read by Mallam Abdulazeez Sulei­man on behalf of others yesterday, the aggrieved youths said, “the region is tired of the marriage hence the need for restructuring as pronounced by many no­table Nigerian leaders like former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Senator She­hu Sani among others.
“The persistence for the actualization of Biafra by the unruly Igbo of South-Eastern Nigeria has lately assumed another alarming twist which involved the forceful lockdown of activi­ties and denial of other peo­ple’s right to free movement in the South-East by the rebel Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its overt and covert sponsors.
“This latest action and similar confrontational conducts which amount to a brutal encroachment on the rights of those termed as non-indigenous people residing and doing lawful businesses in those areas il­legally demarcated and de­fined as Biafra by the Igbo, are downright unacceptable and shall no longer be toler­ated.

“Northern Governors Have Abandoned Buhari Because Of VP Slot” – Arewa Youths

The Northern Youth Leaders’ Forum have slammed the 19 northern governors for not doing enough to protect President Muhammadu Buhari in his moment of trial.

The group, in a statement by their national president Alhaji Adamu Mahmuda on Sunday, said they observed that Buhari had been left on his own since the controversy on the issues surrounding his health and well being began.

According to them, instead of informing their citizens about the true situation surrounding the President, the governors had engaged themselves in schemes and underhand deals meant to favour them to emerge as vice president in the event that Buhari does not complete his tenure.

The group said apart from Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano who organised a prayer session for the president some months back, the rest were busy either inviting party leaders to their states so as to intensity lobby for their vice presidential bids or busy holding clandestine meetings to serve their interest.

It said though it was within the governors given rights to aspire for whatever positions, they should remember ‎that most of them would not have won their elections if not for the strategy of identifying with the overwhelming influence of Buhari.
The group said for some of the governors to try to pretend the occasion does not call for their open support and ‎ agitation was an act of deception that had not gone down well with the populace.

“The northern governors who won their elections for merely identifying with Buhari have all of a sudden gone asleep not wanting to be drawn into any issue surrounding the health of the president.

“After benefiting from his campaign and support through the provision of bail outs and other handouts for them to run their states, we find it extremely uncharitable for the governors to have gone so cold when the occasion demands they should rise up and reassure citizens in their states that there is no cause for alarm and that the president is only taking a rest.
“Nobody is fooled by their ‘see no evil, hear no evil posture’ which is deliberate so as not to make them appear too supportive of the president for fear that that might make them lose out in case the president decides not to continue. But this is wicked, selfish and insensitive,” the group stated..