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Return home, your protection is not guaranteed - Group tells Igbos in the North


Igbos in the North
The United Eastern Congress Youths has called on Igbo people living in the Northern part of Nigeria to return back to South-East, adding that the protection of their lives and property is not guarantee.

The group was reacting following the quit notice issued to Igbos residing in the northern region by a coalition of Arewa youths forum, they decried how Arewa youth leaders who incited ethnic violence are still walking freely in the country without been arrested.

According to the organisation, Igbo people and other South Easterners living in any part of the country should return back to their ancestral land, "there was no guarantee that their lives and property would be protected in the event that Arewa youths eventually carry out their threat.

National Secretary of the Organisation, Omon Ekpenyong, stated this on Friday, in Owerri, the Imo State capital, where he noted that the statement of the northern youths was not only treasonable, but capable of igniting ethnic war in the country.

He said, “My people I am greatly worried that up till this moment, nobody has been apprehended over the issue in the north with the Arewa youths, while if it were to be the Christian youths that gave the Hausa’s quit notice, which we are the right people to do so, because of the marginalisation and the killing of Christians in the north.

“Our leaders will go as far as ordering the killing and mass arrest of all the youths for prosecution. It is time for us to stand up and also ask them to vacate our terrain for peace to reign. C R K has been removed from their curriculum to study Arabic in the northern schools. I believe it is time for God to do his will, as it happened to the children of Israel in Exodus 12:40-41.

“Yes, Governor el-Rufai directed for the arrest of those Arewa youths, but I see it as a mere statement because up till now no meaningful arrest has been made and at the same time, they are gaining the support of a senator of the federal republic of Nigeria. The co-convener of the coalition of Northern groups Yerima Shettima even made it open that he has the support of his Elders. What are we not talking of. Is our perception not coming to reality.”

“When did Shettima Yerima and his collaborators become the Nigerian law enforcement agency? This is to show how marginalised the south is. This issue is related to beating a child and asking him not to cry which is the highest level of suppression.

"If I may ask, the northerners who come to the south and make little or no investment, don’t even pay house rent and have nothing to add to the region’s resource and well-being and the southerners who invest without any rethink. Who amongst them have the unity of the nation in mind? Asking Igbo to leave any region of Nigeria is baseless.

“The Igbo have over N44 trillion investments in the north, that we know, but their lives are more important than those things

“As we are beckoning on the Federal Government and security operatives to protect our people, the Igbo should get ready to defend themselves in case there arise any attack from the Arewa youths.”


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