Friday, 9 June 2017

Igbos begin to flee as northern elders back controversial 90-day ultimatum

Northern Elders’ Forum
THE AFRICAN EYE is gathering that Igbos residing in northern parts of Nigeria have begun to flee in compliance with a controversial ultimatum issued by a coalition of northern youths.
The mass repatriation comes as northern elders said they backed the quit notice despite the condemnation by the authorities and some public figures from the area.
Recall that although governor el-Rufai of Kaduna State where the coalition including Arewa Youths made the declaration after a meeting three days ago ordered the arrest of those behind the ultimatum, there has been no news of any arrests to date.
In a twist that negates the efforts of some northern statesmen to calm nerves by condemning the ultimatum, the Northern Elders Forum on Friday declared their support for the Coalition of Northern Youth Groups who issued it.

The Forum expressed “disappointment” with the Northern Governors’ Forum for disowning the youth groups.

Ex-Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, the NEF spokesperson, told newsmen in Zaria on Friday that it was hypocritical for the Igbo to continue to live in other parts of the country while agitating for Nigeria’s break up.

He 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.”
He added, “Whoever feels Nigeria is not conducive for him, let him quit;” noting that what the northern youth groups did was not a sin.

He lamented that none of the Northern governors reacted to the persistent call for the actualisation of Biafra and other agitations.

Abdullahi said 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,” he noted.
Speaking specifically on the Igbo, Ango said the people from the South were always pretending that people from the North were cheating them.

“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,” he said.
He recalled that the tradition had remained during the colonial period and nothing changed after the colonial masters left the country.

Ango said it was 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,” he said.
In the meantime, visits by Daily Post reporters to some motor parks in northern cities on Thursday showed that showed that many Igbos were taking no chances and already returning to the east to stay out of harm's way.

At the God is Good Motor Park in Mando, Kaduna State the park was filled to the brim with Igbos, who were heading to their country home.
A man who gave his name as Ifeanyi Odozie, an electric appliance dealer said he doesn’t want to risk the life of his family.

“I have been in this place for thirty years but I think I have overstayed my welcome here. I will take my family to the village and return by next week to sell off some of my belongings here,” he said.
When reminded that the federal government had since ordered the arrest of those behind the threat, the father of six angrily said,
“the federal government wont be there to save us when problem starts.

“Since they gave they order, who has been arrested? I also have my village, it is high time I returned home.”
Another lady, who gave her name as Chioma Okoye, said she sells second hand clothes at the Kaduna Central market in Kaduna.

“I want to go and rest for a while. I really don’t know what these people are up to. I will come back when they are ready to accommodate us,” she said.
Similarly, a trip to the Kofar Ruwa Market park of the Peace Mass Transit in Kano also showed that Igbos are already returning to their home towns in droves.

According to Daily Post, some persons were spotted with their belongings, including, mattresses, cooking pots, boxes of clothes, and other home appliances. When approached ,one of the travelers, who gave his name as Mazi Obiekwe, he angrily said,

“go and ask Buhari and his kinsmen why they want us to leave their land.”
When prodded further how long he has been in Kano, he simply said,

“Seems they sent you after me this morning. Don’t let me invoke ‘amadioha’ to punish you.”
Meanwhile, prominent Nigerians, including the president, senators, past leaders have affirmed that every Nigerian has the right to live in any part of the country

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