Nigeria: Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) Back Arewa Youth’s Quit Notice to Igbos

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Nigeria: Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) Back Arewa Youth's Quit Notice to Igbos

The Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) has come out to publicly lend their support to the quit notice given to Igbos by 16 Arewa Youth groups. This position by the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) makes nonsense of the assurances to the contrary given by the Northern Governors’ Forum.

Making this position known to the press, spokesman of NEF Ango Abdullahi said “I am disappointed in the decision taken by northern governors’ forum disowning and condemning the agitation by this young agile and progressive youth groups.”

“Let me ask these northern governors, who are they representing? Are they representing spirits, ghost or people of the north?

“Recently, people from eastern part of this country, specifically Igbo, were busy calling for the sovereign state of Biafra and from all indication their leaders including governors are behind them.”

He noted that the Arewa Youths had committed no sins by giving such a notice and that anyone who considers Nigeria to be inconducive for them should leave.

He was saddened that while Nnamdi Kanu was supported by emminent persons from the East, none of the Northern governors had said anything about the agitation.

He said of kanu “This is somebody who has been agitating for the breakup of Nigeria but his people were behind him, therefore, I am behind the youths,” he said.

“This is because the northern youths are pushed to the wall, we have been calming them down in any event similar to this.”

On the issue of the Igbos feeling marhinalized, he said “These people always pretend that the north is cheating them, not minding the fact that southern Nigeria was developed by resources from the north,” he said.

“Please, look for a book written by Adamu FiKa, the Waziri of FiKa on Nigeria’s budget before and after independence.

“Each year, up to the time Nigeria gained its independence, none of the two regions was able to provide for itself.

“I mean none of the western and eastern regions had the money to effectively run the affairs of its region until they get financial support from the Northern region.”

According to him, the North was carrying the rest of the country all through the period of colonization and after that. He said “First oil exploration was conducted using money from groundnut pyramid, cotton, hide and skin among other cash crops from northern Nigeria,” he said.

“However, these people tend to forget all these goodies provided by the North toward ensuring the unity and corporate existence of Nigeria.

“They always look down on us, feeling that Northerners are parasites in this country.”

It is now unclear how the Northern Governors’ Forum and indeed the federal government will respond to this.

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Gbadebo Sila

Military intervention if possible.

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Dugbe,dugbe to n mi loke,let us be watchful something about to happen.