Breaking News:Southern leaders demand Arewa youths to withdraw ultimatum

By FactNews on 20/06/2017

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 1,143


Leaders of South-West, South-East and South-South on Sunday strongly called on Arewa youths and their sponsors to withdraw the quit notice given to the people of the South-East as failure to do so will be taken as an ultimatum given to the entire Southern Nigerians to quit their region. 

The prominent leaders, who comprised pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo; former Chief of Staff, Ebitu Ukiwe; Albert Horsfall, Jor Irukwu, former Minister of Information, Walter Ofonagoro; Senator Femi Okunronmu, Senator Bassey Henshaw, among others, declared that any attack against anybody from the South would be considered an attack against the Southern Nigeria.

This was just as the leaders reaffirmed their stand on restructuring of the country, demanding that the Federal Government must come out with concrete steps on the implementation of 2014 National Conference Report before October 1, 2017.
The leaders said this in a communique read by Mr Yinka Odumakin at the end of their meeting, which took place at the Lekki residence of Chief Adebanjo, just as they enjoined the Federal Government to seriously live up to the primary responsibility of any government which was to protect the lives and property of every citizen of Nigeria wherever they might reside.
The communique was signed by Chief Adebanjo for South-West,

Albert Horsefall for South-South and former Chief of General Staff, Commodore Ebitu Ikiwe‎ (rtd) for South-East.
“We also demand that Arewa youths and their sponsors must withdraw the quit notice given to the people of the South-East as failure to do so, will be taken as an ultimatum given to the entire Southern Nigeria to quit their region and any attack against anybody from the South, will be considered an attack against the Southern Nigeria.


“We, therefore, advise the Federal Government to take seriously and live up to the primary responsibility of any government which is to protect the lives and property of every citizen of Nigeria wherever they may reside,” the southern leaders said.
The leaders said they decided to come together to forge a common and formidable front against the backdrop of the ultimatum given by the Arewa youths to the people of South-East and by extension to all southerners to vacate the North by October 1, 2017 and the refusal of the Nigerian state to activate the law against any of them.
The communique said such refusal by the authorities gave the impression that these youths were not acting on their own, but with the backing of their establishment.
The communique said: “We consider the need to avert the impending danger arising from the ultimatum given by the Arewa youths.


“We agree that there is a growing demand by our people and other Nigerians to form a stronger federation in which principles and practice of true federalism are upheld.
“We observe that the cry for self-determination will continue unabated and become much more stringent unless the Federal Government sincerely address the issues of restructuring of Nigeria.


“We, therefore, resolve that we reject the attempt to reduce the current crisis in Nigeria flowing from the unresolved nationality question to an Igbo and North affair.”
The leaders, while noting the intervention on the part of the Federal Government, insisted that any further discussion on this crisis should be between the entire South and the North of Nigeria, adding,

“The South-East is advised to consider any further meeting where the South-West and South-South are not involved as not of southern Nigeria because the issues involved affects all of us.

“The meeting also condemned in strongest terms the activities of Fulani herdsmen, who have taken over the entire Southern Nigeria and Middle Belt of Nigeria, including invading State House of Assemblies preventing them from making laws, cows going to classrooms and chasing our children out of schools, killing our farmers on their farms and raping their wives.

“Now, we also resolved on the need for the restructuring of Nigeria and to uphold the principles of true federalism as agreed by the founding fathers of Nigeria and practiced effectively in the years before the first military coup in Nigeria.

“We reaffirm our stand on the true federalism is the system of government founded on the democratic principles and institution in which the power to govern is shared between the national and the federating units. Such units have control over their own affairs and bequeathed equal status with their constitution which is consistent with the federal constitution.

“We affirm and resolve in the implementation of the report of the 2014 National Conference aimed at complete transformation and restructuring of our country and to build and confederate Nigeria unity through peaceful and harmonious unity, progress and genuine development.

“We want concrete steps taken on the implementation of 2014 National Conference Report before 1st October 2017.

“We resolve to reawaken once more the spirit of friendship and mutual respect among our people and extol our common determination to pursue peace, progress and enhance the continued existence of Nigeria just as we commend the convener of this dialogue in bringing us together. We appeal to them to continue to do so in future.


Also in attendance at the meeting were: Dr. Okey Anueyiaya, Chief Sydney Dike, Chief Eric Ebeh, Senator Bucknor Akerele, Ogita Iyalla-Finnih, Dr Kunle Olajide, Chief Mike Uwaka, Abdulaziz Ude, Chief Goddy Uwazurike, Prof George Obiozor, Charles Odunukwe, Iyaze Ebigwe, Col. Tony Iyiam, Dr. Amos Akingba, Supo Shonibare, Chief Tokunbo Ajasin, Air Comodore Idongest Nkanga (rtd), Chief Guy Ikokwu, among others.

 

Source Tribune Online

Posted on June, 20 2017

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


You may also like...
Court to Rule on Buhari’s Certificate Issues Thursday...

Tiwa Savage And Baby, Jamil Unveiled As Pampers...

BOMB UNCOVERED IN KANO MOSQUE

The Benefits of Potassium and How to Get...

Breaking News : Aba Recreation Ground gate opens...

ABUJA AIRPORT RUNWAY TO BE CLOSED BY FAAN...

Ikpeazu applauds achievement in Educational sector

APC Senators, nominate Ali Ndume as Majority leader...

Death Toll Rises After China Warehouse Blast

N30 Billion Recovered From Whistle Blowing - Magu...

INEC Rejects Appeal Court Judgment on Abia, Says...

Coalition of Northern States’ Youths Endorses PDP/Atiku, Says...
News Abia Election Special (4) Abia Supplementary Polls Update (18) Abia Supplementary Result update (22) Appointments (8) Breaking News (199) Business (48) Campus News (5) Crime (135) Economy (116) Education (134) Entertainment (150) Fashion and Style (3) General (899) Health (112) Inside Africa (41) International News (306) Interviews (28) National (1985) Politics (1060) Press Releases (121) Religion (9) Security (133) Sports (432) Technology (26) World News (87)

 

 

Advertisement

 

Latest News Innoson motors drags GTB’s management to court for contempt Buhari travels to UK on private visit NMA replies Ngige, says his position on Doctors leaving Nigeria is unfortunate Okorocha Sets Up 21-Member Transition Committee 'Nigeria has Doctors in surplus, whoever wants to leave is free' - Ngige I was attacked by military men because I spoke against a government- Omotola Sri Lanka terror attack: Death toll hits 310 Our position on hoodlums, sex workers has not reversed - Abia govt Osun: A'Court hears Oyetola’s appeal against Adeleke, PDP on Wednesday I’m not sleeping on duty – President Buhari replies Bishop Mamza

 

Most Read Islamic agenda for Nigeria – Pastor Bosun (24,820 views) 47 YEARS AFTER, HIS EXCELLENCY, COMMODORE EBITU UKIWE (Rtd) MAKES THE “OFO NDI IGBO” RECIPIENTS LIST (18,583 views) The show of shame that sealed Justice Uzokwe’s fate (17,745 views) Breaking News : Dr Okezie Ikpeazu resigns from Abia State Environmental Sanitation Agency (ASEPA). (8,202 views) Lawyers accuse Lagos Police of working for PDP (7,592 views) Ebola virus in Syria – Infecting ISIS members (7,503 views) Abiriba Kingdom Celebrates as Eze Kalu Kalu Ogbu (IV) marks 14th year on the throne (7,488 views) Radio Biafra delivers AM Transmitter (7,345 views) ‘Why fuel scarcity persists’ (6,533 views) Cojoined Twins Abby And Brittany Hensel Pose in Bikini (6,390 views)