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Igbos are legal citizens - Ndigbo group tells Arewa youths

Igbos are legal citizens - Ndigbo group tells Arewa youths

- Some Igbo groups have registered their displeasure at the quit notice issued to Igbos residing in the north by Arewa youths

- They called on all Nigerians to move past division along ethnic and religious lines

- The groups urged all Nigerians to learn to accommodate one another

Igbo indigenes have a right to reside in any part of Nigeria they choose, so says Igbo Youth Forum and the Ndigbo Social Cultural Organization.

Punch reports.that the group issued its comments at a press conference on Thursday, June 15, in reaction to the quit notice given to Igbos living in the north by the Coalition of Northern Youths.

The Lagos-based groups referred to Igbos as ‘legal citizens’ of Nigeria and warned against issuing threats to them.

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Charles Udo, who spoke on behalf of the group, expressed displeasure at the actions of the Arewa youths.

He stated: “We are against the action (quit notice by the Arewa youths). At this stage of our national existence, Nigerians should be able to live anywhere in the region.

“Citizens of this country should be more informed now than before.

“The citizens should move past division along ethnic and religious lines.

“Every human being does not decide his country, ethnic, parents, and color.

“They are all God’s creation, whom the decision lies solely with.

“At this point, we should move away from parochial approach to issues of ethnics and religion in the country; it’s like judging God’s decision. “We should learn to accommodate each other as we all are Nigerians.”

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the federal government shelved the idea of arresting the leaders of the northern youth groups who issued an ultimatum to Igbos to leave the north over fears that their arrest may trigger violence in the northern region.

The government is now said to be weighing options on how to tackle the issue with emphasis on dialogue.

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