Published On: Wed, Jun 7th, 2017

El-Rufai Orders Arrest of Northern Youths for Threatening Ndigbo

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has ordered the immediate arrest of all signatories to a statement issuing a
three-month ultimatum to all Igbos to leave northern Nigeria.

The governor, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, on Wednesday also
assured residents in the state of ‘’their freedom to reside where they choose’’, adding that the ‘’constitutional
right of every Nigerian to own property, move freely andlive in peace and harmony is sacrosanct’’.

A coalition of Northern groups, including the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, had on Tuesday, gave all Igbos resident
in the 19 state of the North a three-month ultimatum to quit or be forced out after the expiration of
the October 1, 2017, deadline.

The group also asked the Northerners in the South-East to get prepared to come back home.

The group’s grievances had been over the success of a recent sit-at-home order enforced by the Nnamdi Kanu-led indigenous
People of Biafra on May 30, 2017 which the five South-East states complied with.

Reacting the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio-political body of the Igbo, demanded urgent action from the country’s
security agencies.

The group also urged the Igbo in the North to be vigilant while going about their activities.

The Kaduna State Government, however, condemned the youths’ action in the statement, insisting that it has
been consistent in taking action to punish hate speech and incitement.

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