“With the effective date of this declaration, which is today, Tuesday, June 06, 2017, all Igbos currently residing in any part of Northern Nigeria are hereby served notice to relocate within three months and all northerners residing in the East are advised likewise.
That’s a quit notice. Are those youths landlord over all the North?
“All northern civil society and pressure groups are by this declaration mandated to mobilize for sustained, coordinated campaigns at their respective State Government Houses, State Houses of Assembly, Local Government Council Secretariats and Traditional Palaces to mount pressure for steps to be taken to ensure enforcement of the directives contained herein.
Youths ordering elders, rulers and kings?
“The North hereby openly calls on the authorities and other national and international stakeholders to acknowledge this declaration by taking steps to facilitate the final dissolution of this hopeless union that has never been convenient to any of the parties.
You want out? Take the right steps. What has Igbo got to do with it?
”From today, June 6, 2017, when this proclamation is signed, the North, a critical player in the Nigerian project, hereby declares that it will no longer be disposed to coexisting with the Igbos and shall take definite steps to end the partnership by pulling out of the current federal arrangement.
You want to pull out from the present Federal arrangement only because you will no longer be disposed to coexisting with the Igbos? Does this make sense? I thought Igbos had long declared their resolve to pull out, how will coexisting in Nigeria with Igbos ever be the problem?
“This conclusion is necessitated by the realization that it since ceased to be comfortable or safe to continue sharing the same country with the ungrateful, uncultured Igbos who have exhibited reckless disrespect for the other federating units and stained the integrity of the entire nation with their insatiable criminal obsessions.
Do you know the meaning of “uncultured”? Do you know that “reckless disrespect for the other federating units” means you have employed yourselves to speak for other federating units who happen not to be talking at all, seemingly undisturbed. Other Nigerians disagree outright with the rest of the paragraph.
“Rather than certain sections holding the whole country to ransom at every stage, each should be allowed to go its own way as we categorically proclaim today that the North is fed up with being the same country with this pack of acrimonious Igbo partners.
Who is holding who to ransom? “Acrimonious Igbo partners” by living peacefully in every part of the country and all over the world and being of immense benefit to their hosts, never ordering any group to leave Igboland in spite of extreme provocations?
“The persistence for the actualization of Biafra by the unruly Igbo of South-Eastern Nigeria has lately assumed another alarming twist which involved the forceful lockdown of activities and denial of other people’s right to free movement in the South-East by the rebel Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its overt and covert sponsors.
This is a criminal, deliberate distortion of the facts of a very recent event. Who can force any such thing on an Igbo man? That is, probably, why you are shocked, disappointed, dismayed and confused at the essentially total unforced compliance. Perhaps the “alarming twist” which has angered and scared you into this incoherent stampede is their clearly displayed unity. No need for that. Igbos are not violent people.
“This latest action and similar confrontational conducts which amount to a brutal encroachment on the rights of those termed as non-indigenous people residing and doing lawful businesses in those areas illegally demarcated and defined as Biafra by the Igbo, are downright unacceptable and shall no longer be tolerated.
Still a criminal inversion of facts. Amazing how people in authority (as can be seen by the air of authority you exude here) brazenly and shamelessly tell transparent lies. The facts are there in every television station in Nigeria and all over the world.
PEACEFUL, “WITHOUT MOLESTATION AND HARASSMENT”
“Concerned by this persistent Igbo threat to national integration, the above-named Pan-northern groups met with several others and reviewed the current position of the North and jointly came up with the following observations:
Wouldn’t other Nigerians say that it’s rather a glaring fact that Northern Nigeria has always posed a persistent threat to national integration, in words and in action? Igbos have always been nationalistic to a fault for even as they are constantly killed and maimed in the North, even for issues not in any way related to them, they still keep living there, and in every part of Nigeria, integrating excellently. It is a known fact that Igbo leaders have been the foremost vanguards for “One Nigeria” at normal times.
“The Igbo people of the South-East, without remorse for the carnage they wrought on the nation in the 1960s, are today boldly reliving those sinister intentions connoted by the Biafran agitation that led to the very first bloody insurrection in Nigeria’s history.
Do you mean “carnage wrought on the Igbos” or do you have a different history from the rest of the world?
“Emboldened by the apparent indifference of the Nigerian authorities, the Igbo secessionist tendency is widening in scope and action at every stage, with adverse effects on the law-abiding people of other regions residing in or passing through the East, while the Igbo leaders and elders by their utterances and direct action or inaction appear to support and encourage it.
This is, probably, straight from a dream. No figment of reality.
“The cruel Igbos have done and are doing more damage to our collective nationhood than any other ethnic group; being responsible for the first violent interference with democracy in Nigeria resulting in a prolonged counter-productive chain of military dictatorship.
If you are alluding to the 1966 coup it is a known fact that it was patriotically motivated. There were more Igbo army officers involved in the coup but this only reflected the same proportion of Igbos in the Nigerian Army officer cadre, being the most interested and also among the most qualified and easily the most de-tribalized and nationalistic group.
“The Igbos similarly orchestrated the first, and so far, the only civil war in Nigeria that consumed millions of lives and sowed the seed of the current mutual suspicion and distrust.
Have you heard about the Aburi talks? Read and see the great efforts made by the East to avoid disintegration of Nigeria. Who reneged from the Aburi accord and also started the so-called Police Action and then the war? The East only fought to defend themselves from the rest of Nigeria and their World Power allies engaged with sad lies.
OJUKWU AND GOWON IN ABURI GHANA
“The Igbos are also responsible for Nigeria’s cultural and moral degeneracy with their notorious involvement in all kinds of crimes, including international networking for drug and human trafficking, violent robberies and kidnappings, high-profile prostitution and advanced financial fraud.
Really? Bring out the true statistics.
“At the peak of the devastating Boko Haram violence in some parts of the North, available records show that the Igbo people have variously been apprehended while attempting to convey catches of dangerous arms and ammunition to the troubled regions.
Available evidence? Bring all the evidences. Who gave birth to Boko Haram? Who armed and sustained Boko Haram? Boko Haram means “No Western Education”, which part of the country had that philosophy from the beginning? If your “available evidence” is true, who gave them the contract while working with Boko Haram?
“There are today sufficient reasons to suspect that some Igbos masquerade as Fulani herdsmen to commit violent atrocities across the country in order to cause and spread ethnic disaffection.
This kind of statement does not sound sane and can only come from a person medically described as a schizophrenic with no insight. Igbos cannot masquerade as Fulani herdsmen; the difference is clear.
“It is also on record that since the inception of the current democratic dispensation, the Igbos have shown and maintained open contempt and resentment for the collective decision expressed by majority of Nigerians at various stages via generally acceptable democratic processes.
All Nigerians have expressed dissatisfaction. The Igbos are not even that vocal.
“While these provocative acts of aggression persist and grow in dimension with each new move, leaders of the North whose people are at the receiving end of the threats, appear helplessly unperturbed.
How are your people on the receiving end and what are “these provocative acts of aggression”? Are they happening here in Nigeria?
“Rather than endorsing a concise framework for pre-emptive action to protect and safeguard the interest of the North and its people, leaders of the region at every stage tend to seek the cover of a flimsy and long-discarded excuse of having fought in the 60s to keep Nigeria united.
There is nothing for those very noble Northerners to endorse.
“Without pursuing a resolute action-plan, these northern leaders have adopted and have been dragging its people into a pitifully pacifist position in order to sustain an elusive national cohesion that has long been ridiculed by the Igbos.”
He further noted, “Since the Igbo have clearly abused the unreciprocated hospitality that gave them unrestricted access to, and ownership of landed properties all over the North, our first major move shall be to reclaim, assume and assert sole ownership and control of these landed resources currently owned, rented or in any way enjoyed by the ingrate Igbos in any part of Northern Nigeria.
Is that the aim of all this? I had thought so. To take over the hard-earned properties of Igbos in the north after all they have done to boost the economy of the north and help in in development? They paid well for those landed resources located in the North and belonging to Nigeria. Who is the ingrate? Who is the lazy grabber?
“Consequently, officials of the signatory groups to this declaration, are already mandated to commence immediate inventory of all properties, spaces or activity in the north currently occupied by the Igbos for forfeiture at the expiration of the ultimatum contained in this declaration. In specific terms, the groups are directed to compile and forward an up-to-date data of all locations occupied by any Igbo in any part of Northern Nigeria including schools, markets, shops, workshops, residences and every other activity spaces.
Yes, the original intentions are clear.
“We are hereby placing the Nigerian authorities and the entire nation on notice that as from the 1st October 2017, we shall commence the implementation of visible actions to prove to the whole world that we are no longer part of any federal union that should do with the Igbos. From that date, effective, peaceful and safe mop-up of all the remnants of the stubborn Igbos that neglect to heed this quit notice shall commence to finally eject them from every part of the North.”
Such actions are not new. Those Igbos are not very wise as they have learnt nothing from the past. Let all Igbos learn from Nnewi Igbos and how they have concentrated in developing their homeland with their hard-earned resourses, risking no such troubles as these from anybody while living peacefully in Igboland, and elsewhere, with all peoples, like other Igbos do. Let all Igbos bring their wealth home in the spirit of “Aku ruo ulo”.
Responding to a question at the event, the National President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, vowed that their threat is serious and must not be taken with levity by the Federal Government.
I am sure of that.
Meanwhile, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, is said to have called on the security agencies to urgently takes action against the northern groups.