The Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) on Friday declared that Igbos living in the North must leave in accordance with the recent ultimatum issued by Arewa youths. The Forum noted that it supported the call by the Coalition of Northern Youth Groups for Igbos to leave the region within three months.
Apart from expressing disappointment over the position taken by the Northern Governors’ Forum over the quit notice served on the Igbos, the spokesperson of NEF, Professor Ango Abdullahi, told newsmen in Zaria that it was hypocritical for the Igbos to continue to live in other parts of the country while agitating for Nigeria’s break up.
“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, whom are they representing, are they representing spirits, ghost or people of the north?
“Recently, people from eastern part of this country, specifically Igbos, were busy calling for the Sovereign State of Biafra and from all indication their leaders including governors are behind them.”
The spokesman 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 breakup of Nigeria but his people were behind him, therefore, I am behind the 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 Igbos, 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 get financial support from the Northern region,” he said.