Following the proclamation by the Northern youths that the Igbo should vacate the region before October 1 2017, the Northern Elders Forum has thrown its weight behind the campaign, insisting the Igbo must leave.
Northern Elders Forum (NEF) spokesperson, Professor Ango Abadullahi who spoke the mind of the group to journalists in Zaria on Friday said he is in full support of the Northern youths asking Igbo residents to comply with the 3 months notification as given by the coalition of northern groups.
He however berated the disposition of the Northern Governors’ Forum on the issue, as they kicked against the quit notice, saying he is disappointed in their submission on the matter. He said youths should be supported in their agile and progressive notions.
The University don said the Northern governors are not representing the Northern people at all. “Are they representing ghost, spirti or the people of the North?”, he querried.
Abadullahi who was a Vice Chancellor of Amadu Bello University, also said it was hypocritical for Igbo agitating for seperation and still stay in other parts of the country.
“These same Igbo from the East are agitating for the Soverign State of Biafra, from all we see, even their leaders and their governors are in support”, the NEF spokesperson said.
But the Coalition of Northern Politicians, Academics, Professionals and Businessmen (CNPAPB) has decried the 3 months ultimatum, calling it youthful exuberance.
Speaking through its Convener, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, CNPAPB noted that northern youths issued such timid statement, perhaps, because they were frustrated by the incompetence of the adminstration of President Muhammadu Buhari at some levels.
His words: “I am not in support of what the youths have said; I can only call it youthful exuberance, coupled with the reality that the North might have been frustrated with the present government and its economic policies, which are quite unfavourable to the North and also the level of incompetence at which the government at all levels operates.
“This is the least competent government in Nigeria. We have imbeciles, desperate cabals and invalid governments who are mostly of the clan of Buhari. His friends and cronies.”
Junaid noted that people who are inherently reckless like the Igbo would see such opportunity and take undue advantage of it.
“I pray saner counsel will prevail in the future so that Nigerians, especially the Igbo will stop seeing themselves as an indispensable in Nigeria. We must understand that we need each other and that is the way forward to operate as competent government.”
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) also opposed the quit notice issued by Northern youths, and advocates “caution over careless statments capable of putting Nigeria in crisis”.
Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim, the ACF National Publicity Secretary, issued the warning on Friday, saying the forum had no hands in the earlier position of the Northern youths. He said “We stand by our position. No more comments”.
He noted that grievances are better resolved in court than to resort to means that could jeopardise the peace, unity, harmony of Nigeria.