- Some elders from the South-East region have reacted to the ultimatum given to Igbos living in the North by Northern youths
- The elders warned all Igbos living in the Northern region to read the hand writing on the wall and return home
- They said the ultimatum by the youth is a well thought out plan and must not be taken lightly
Some elders from the South-East region have reacted to the ultimatum given to Igbos living in the North by Northern youths.
The elders under the aegis of South-East Elder Forum (SEEF) warned all Igbos living in the Northern region to read the hand writing on the wall and return home.
They also enjoined all the Igbos to leave the north before the expiration of the October 1 notice give by the youths.
The convener of the forum Dozie Ikedife while speaking in Nnewi, Anambra state the Igbo in the north must be made to realize that the strong backing pronouncement made by Ango Abdullahi after the youths' declaration is a genuine.
Ikedife said the ultimatum by the youth is a well thought out plan and must not be taken lightly.
He said: “Even if they were to be arrested today, this would make no difference as plans had already been concluded to evict Igbo from the north," Ikedife said.
“The anger and mood of the youths and elders of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) was because the Igbo remembered their lost relatives in the genocidal war fought against them," Ikedife said.
He also accused the Northern youths of being flared by the success of the sit-at-home protest carried out by the Indigenous People of Biafra on May 30.
“And may be, they didn’t get the opportunity to ask the law enforcement agents to massacre those who did the remembrance. This may be the anger of the Arewa youths and their elders.
“Let it be said clearly, as it goes in Igbo adage, he who uses the gun, will also go by the gun and he who uses machete, will go by the machete.
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“Anybody who raises a machete or gun against an innocent person will cut and shoot himself. This ultimatum to Ndigbo is not to be taken lightly. We have digested it very well and we know the import and weight of the statement”.
On the way forward, the forum suggested that the leadership of Ohanaeze, ACF, Afenifere and the leadership of other ethnic nationalities should engage themselves in a frank talk on how to co-exist as neighbours.
It said that the present elected governors and legislators could not fashion out solution “because of obvious reasons of their political baggage," he said.
NAIJ.com had reported that the Department of State Services has issued a warning to all promoters of hate speech in Nigeria.
The DSS reacting to the ultimatum by the Northern youths called on all individuals and group to desist from heating up the polity through hate speeches and threats to other regions.
You can watch this NAIJ.com TV of Nnamdi Kanu speaking about Biafra agitation: