The Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) has expressed total support for the quit notice order handed to Ndigbo living in the region by a coalition of northern youth groups.
NEF also condemned the Northern Governors’ Forum opposition to the position of the youths and questioned if they governors are representing ‘spirits’ and not the youths and people of the North.
The position of the elders was made known to newsmen by Professor Ango Abdullahi, NEF spokesperson in Zaria on Friday, insisting that since Igbo want to quit Nigeria they should not be allowed to continue residing in the country.
He 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, ghosts 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 indications, their leaders — including governors — are behind them. Whoever feels Nigeria is not conducive for him, let him quit.”
Abdullahi, who argued that northern youths did no wrong in their quit order to Igbo people in the region, wondered why governors of the region never reacted to the persistent call for the actualisation of Biafra and other agitations.
He said, “When Nnamdi Kanu was released on bail recently, over 100 vehicles escorted him to his residence, including big personalities from the South – west and South – east.
“This is somebody who has been agitating for the break – up of Nigeria; but his people were behind him. Therefore, I am behind the (Northern) youths.
“This is because the northern youths are pushed to the wall. We have been calming them down in any event similar to this”, he stated.
Meanwhile, the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumin Kabir Usman, on Friday said, “Here in Katsina, I am ready to sacrifice my last drop of blood to ensure peace and protect all Nigerians residing in the state.”
The emir who made the comment at his palace in Katsina on Friday while addressing leaders of Igbo community and other Nigerians residing in Katsina State, added that Nigeria will continue to remain one in spite of its multi – ethnic diversity and recent calls for breakup.