The impudent and blood-thirsty Coalition of Northern Youths (CNY), has on Tuesday, given Ndigbo living in the North three months to leave the region. They also ordered northerners living in the South East to do the same. This was contained in their release named “Kaduna Declaration” after a joint meeting held at Arewa House in Kaduna. But their unprovoked threat and assault has been widely condemned.
According to the declaration read to the media by one Mallam Abdulazeez Suleiman, the warning was a reaction to the successful sit-at-home protest ordered by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and observed primarily by Ndigbo on May 30th.
A number of Nigerians have reacted negatively to the impudence of the northern youths and their crass disrespect for law.
Governor of Kaduna State, El Rufai, in whose domain the sad declaration took place condemned the action of the youth and ordered for arrest, investigation and prosecution of those responsible. However, this was quickly dismissed by the Northern Youth Council, with one Adulsalam Mohammed, a member saying that the Governor was unqualified to order an arrest.
Calling the CNY members “clowns,” Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, expressed outrage at their declaration, saying they lacked the authority and capacity to issue such threat.
“We unequivocally condemn the order of threat by the groups of clowns claiming to be speaking for the North. This group has no mandate or capacity to make such loud pronouncements. We therefore dissociate ourselves from the threat and we urge all our brothers and sisters Igbo residing in the North to stay and all northerners residing in the South East to stay,” Gov. Shettima said, warning that Nigeria should not be allowed to become like Afghanistan or Syria.
Meanwhile, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC) has reminded their northern counterparts that Ndigbo had over N44 trillion worth of investments in the region and would defend it.
Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, National President said the declaration was for war and should not be treated lightly by the security agencies.
“This is a sad development considering efforts being made to unit this country. It is sad when you consider all the sacrifices Ndigbo have made in this country. But we want to state unequivocally that we are not cowards. We are not afraid of Abulazeez Suleiman, Yerima Shettima and their cohorts. Ndigbo want to make it clear that we are ready. We cannot be intimidated by their rantings.”
Also, the Igbo National Council reminded the northern youth that nobody has a monopoly of violence and warned against any attack on Igbo interests in the north.
More condemnation came from the Christian Association of Nigeria who called for an arrest of those responsible, Middle Belt Youth Council and a group of Igbo lawyers under the aegis Otu-Oka Iwu.
The lawyers described the northern youth threat as “reckless and provocative” and asked the federal government to unmask those behind it.
The Coalition of Northern Youth is made up of about eight youth groups, including Arewa Citizens Action for Change, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Arewa Youth Development, Foundation, Arewa Students Forum, Northern Emancipation Network, Northern Youth Vanguard, Northern Youth Stakeholders Forum, North East Assembly and others.