Some northern groups yesterday gave all Igbo people
currently residing in northern Nigeria three months to
But the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Agyle Abeh
said Nigeria is a sovereign state and every citizen has the
right according to the constitution to choose where to live
or reside. “There is no cause for alarm, we are going to be
on top of the situation,” he said.
The groups, including Arewa Citizens Action for Change,
Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Arewa Youth
Development Foundation, Arewa Students Forum and
Northern Emancipation Network said this while addressing
a press briefing in Kaduna yesterday.
Abdul-Azeez Suleiman of the Northern Emancipation
Network, who spoke on behalf of the other groups, also
advised all northerners residing in the East to vacate the
region, declaring that the North would no longer be
disposed to co-existing with the Igbo and “shall take definite
steps to end the partnership by pulling out of the current
He said the agitators for a breakaway from Nigeria had
reckless disrespect for the other federating units and had
abused the hospitality that gave them unrestricted access
to and ownership of landed properties all over the North,
and that the North would reclaim, assume and assert sole
ownership and control of all landed resources currently
owned, rented or enjoyed by the Igbo people.
Other signatories to the declaration include: The Northern
Youth Vanguard, Northern Youth Stakeholders Forum,
North-East Assembly and North Central People’s Front.