- The paramount ruler of Siembiri Kingdom in Delta state describes the non-implementation of the arrest of northern youths as suspicious
- King Charles Ayemi-Botu also queried the impunity of the northern youths, who wrote a letter to the acting president reiterating their stand
- The Kaduna state government had earlier ordered the police to investigate and prosecute persons who endorsed the threat to Igbos in the north
The paramount ruler of Siembiri Kingdom in Delta state, King Charles Ayemi-Botu says the non-implementation of the arrest of northern youths that issued a three-month quit notice to Igbos in the north is suspicious.
NAIJ.com reported earlier that the Kaduna state government ordered the immediate arrest of persons who signed a statement ordering Igbos out of northern Nigeria.
The state government condemned what it described as inciting, hate speech targeted at citizens of Igbo extraction.
The one-time national chairman of the Traditional Rulers of Oil Mineral Producing Communities of Nigeria (TROMPCON) in a statement also queried the impunity of the northern youths, who wrote Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, few days ago, reiterating their defiant stand.
He said: “Surprisingly, exactly two weeks after both Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State and the Inspector General of Police ordered the arrest and consequent prosecution of the mischievous elements trying to sabotage President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, no single arrest has been made while these youths are still making threatening statements with open backing from some prominent northern elders.
“Who is fooling who? Does it mean that Governor El-Rufai, in whose state the youths issued the ultimatum is no longer in charge of the affairs of the state and cannot direct the security operatives to fish out the suspects, or the IG, through the AIG of the zone, to the CP, are all hamstrung or constrained to carry out the arrest two weeks after their directive?”
“It is only in Nigeria that such a culpable act is swept under the carpet. But I dare say that a stitch in time saves nine.
“The time has come to redefine our destiny as a nation, since majority of Nigerians, including the North, South-East and West, have unanimously decided on restructuring and true fiscal federalism, further buttressed by the recent ultimatum by a coalition of Arewa youths in conjunction with Northern youths group, remotely inspired by the Northern Elders (Arewa Consultative Forum).
“The quit notice is a clarion call to all the federating units of Nigeria that the time is ripe with the expiration of the forceful amalgamation of the Northern Protectorate and the Southern Protectorate in 1914 to 2014 by Lord Frederick Lugard, to urgently give a nod to the Federal Government to set the machinery in motion for the restructuring/ true fiscal federalism of Nigeria to avoid a repetition of the catastrophe of 1966 – 1967 anti-Igbo pogrom that overwhelmed almost the entire southern Nigeria.
“Ironically the federal might is sticking to its guns against the popular demand of the electorate, but this is absolutely counterproductive and signals a bleak future. And a quick resolution to the impending quagmire is to promptly implement the report of the 2014 National Conference that encapsulated all the ethnic nationalities in Nigeria to avert or nip in the bud Nigeria’s total disintegration as predicted by erstwhile United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. John Campbell in 2005.”
In a previous report by NAIJ.com, Igbo people living in the northern parts of the country said they would stay put in north despite the 90 day ultimatum given to them by a coalition of northern youths.
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Their stance was made known by the president-general of Igbo traditional rulers in the northern states and Abuja, Chief Chikezie Nwogwu, during a courtesy call on Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai on Tuesday, June 20, Vanguard reports.
Chief Chikezie Nwogu, told the governor that the Igbos were not going anywhere but would remain in the north, adding that Igbos have made tremendous contribution to the region.
In the video below, acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, speaks on the unity of Nigeria at the #Biafra50 event in Abuja.