Northern governors react to Arewa groups’ ultimatum to Igbos

FILE PHOTO: In Kaduna, for a secure north: Governors Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Atiku Bagudu ( Kebbi), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Kassim Shettima (Borno) and Aminu Bello Masari (Katsina) at a joint meeting of the Northern State Governors' Forum and the Chairmen of the Council of Chiefs of the northern states on Monday, 23rd January 2017
FILE PHOTO: In Kaduna, for a secure north: Governors Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Atiku Bagudu ( Kebbi), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Kassim Shettima (Borno) and Aminu Bello Masari (Katsina) at a joint meeting of the Northern State Governors' Forum and the Chairmen of the Council of Chiefs of the northern states on Monday, 23rd January 2017

Governors of the nineteen northern states on Wednesday disowned a coalition of Arewa groups, who issued an ultimatum to Igbos to vacate the northern part of Nigeria within three months or be forced to leave.

‎The Borno State Governor and Chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum, Kashim Shettima, spoke on behalf of his colleagues in Maiduguri on Wednesday evening.

The governors said they are in touch with heads of their security agencies and have taken measures that will guarantee the rights of all Nigerians to live in the 19 states in the three geo-political zones within the north.

The governors also called on security agencies to arrest the promoters of the coalition and probe the motive behind their action, saying the call by the group was a suspicious act that falls in line with recent trend of confiscation of arms and coup rumours which, he said, may not be a coincidence.

“On behalf of the governors of the 19 Northern States, we totally condemn such irresponsible pronouncements by those groups. We condemn, we disown, and we are totally distancing ourselves from those faceless groups who don’t have the mandate of the people of Northern Nigeria to make such loud pronouncements.

“Section 41, Subsection 1 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is very explicit in safeguarding the rights of all Nigerians to reside in any part of the country with no hindrance whatsoever.

“But then, ‎when you see a toad dancing in the broad daylight, the drummer is not far off from the main road. We wish to call on the security agencies to beam their lenses on these groups, and unearth the faces behind the mask.

“Some months back, there were cases of importation of arms, illegal importation of arms intercepted at the ports, then we started hearing rumours of a coup d’etat.

“Now, a group, or a bunch of groups that do not have the mandate of the people came up with remarks capable of destabilizing the north and the country as a whole. We are one nation tied to a common destiny, the governance of Northern Nigeria is not in alignment with those pronouncements, and we will take whatever measures that is necessary to safeguard the lives and properties of Nigerians living in any part of the North,” Mr. Shettima said.

The Borno governor said he is in contact with most of his governor colleagues, and that they are all talking to heads of security establishments in their respective domains.

“We cannot afford to take chances. We cannot afford to toil with the destiny of this country. The 19 Northern Governors wish to call on our brothers of Igbo descent to remain calm and go about their legitimate businesses.

“Nobody can dare to intimidate, harass or dehumanise them in any of the 19 northern states, our governors will not allow that,” Mr. Shettima said.


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  • Sam

    In as much as I support this statements .the manner the iPobs fellows were behaving leaves rooms for what the youths from the north are giving to them . At the end of the day one love one Naija.

    • Rollingdollar

      The IPOB are demanding for an independent state of Biafra. No violence, just peaceful dissolution of this hopeless country Nigeria. There’s nothing wrong in conducting a referendum. We need to dissolve this country, we are not one

      • Karl Imom

        The formula for creating anything in Nigeria is in the constitution – whether it is local government, state, or Biafra, two-thirds of the Senate, two-thirds of the House of Representatives, and two-thirds of the 36 state houses of assembly must agree to the creation. That is the referendum we know, not the backdoor channel you are advocating. Ask David Mark why he could not create Apa State

    • Kevin Peter

      But the IPOB has never given any section of Nigeria ultimatum to leave the east. Why this barbaric act?

      • dan taraba

        So Sorry Kelvin Peter, its all lie. They asked the Fulani out of late

      • Wale

        Every group have their own method of operation.

  • AFRICANER

    More than likely, something must be wrong with Buhari that’s why the northern governors and their terrorists are making this noise, actually aimed at the Yoruba and their acting president.

  • Kevin Peter

    In addition to the reactions if the northern governors over this unfortunate pronouncement by the so called northern youths’ spokesman, , Nigerians expect their reactions over the likes of Prof Ango Abdullahi who could be linked to this wicked and barbaric act. It remains to be seen who next will speak for the north because truly speaking, the Hausa northerner as opposed to the tribal northerner has failed and woefully too!

    • In Arewa I believe

      But did you try answering Prof. Ango Abdullahi question on what the South East leaders say about PASSING and IPOB activities? Until then, nobody have the moral ground to question Prof.

  • Kickboxer

    It is Biafra or 2014 National Conference or war without end…

  • john

    Which nineteen northern Governor’s? Is there anything like nineteen northern States? Am from Benue State and since I realized that it’s just a political North and politically inclined, I never see myself as a northerner. Anybody who understands the 4, 8 and 16 Cardinal points in geography will know that Benue State is in the South-east and no where near North. I wonder what Och’ Idoma Tor Tiv and the state Governor still doing in their meetings​.

    • Where dem dey?

      @johnogwuche:disqus

      There’s no way northern Nigeria can escape violent ending with millions of beggars surrounding a few billionaires
      who seek legitimacy with insane rhetoric that they stole billions of Naira from government treasury in the name of
      and to advance some nonsensical idea called, “North” – which even doesn’t exist either as a language, a tribe,
      religion or an ethnic group – except meaninglessly as a point on a compass.

      Northern Nigerian governors have created millions of dreadful monsters as residents and citizens in their 19 states, by depriving their virtual northern slaves useful education to think properly. Now, the governors must stew in their own juice. The northern elites are a curse on the ordinary people of northern Nigeria because northern elites
      implicitly foster stealing as a way to earn a living, in consequence of depriving the northerners sensible education
      to otherwise earn legitimate income as useful middle-class workers.

      Sooner or later Northern Nigeria will implode in intramural civil war because the basis of society the Fulani created there is so immorally unjust it smells. It is centrally based on stealing the treasury to buy off the rage of ordinary northerners deprived of otherwise meaningful lives.

  • Anonymous

    Because the president is an impenitent weakling every hoodlum now have the audacity to open their herpangina deformed aperture to say nonsense. The KD dwarf is probably behind this senseless intimidation.

  • pheliciti

    But how come there’s not been a similar intervention by Igbo leaders to call Ipob to order? Are there no leaders in the South East?

    • Kallah Bature

      Well it does not matter.Someone has to show good leadership in the event of others weakness . Serious minded Nigerians are not perturbed by the unserious call of the retrogressive groups on both sides.

    • George

      I want to go my own way how does that offend another. Ipod are not asking people to leave but forming their own country where you can go and live as another country citizen with a good behavior and it will even be better for you because you might get work there as a maid guard.

      When USSR dissolved people just decides where to stay no one was forced to go anywhere.

      What your brothers and sisters with cow head brains are trying to do now is to steal as expected because they are borne lazy and cursed by God Almighty.

      They are devil who came to steal but the Ipod has God who came to reward.

      • pheliciti

        Cow head brains? Cursed?
        You sound frustrated…
        They told you to leave their zoo and you are angry again.. Who did this to you?

  • Shine D Heat

    Wow! Has it really come to this? Nigeria has a common enemy, and that enemy is corruption. Our differences make Nigeria a much greater nation.

  • George

    All these mumu-alike governors are just pretenders they are aware of the game planned treat and even the half dead man in UK is aware on his awaiting journey to Hell Fire.

    This is just a treat to weaken the Igbos to drop their right but it won’t work and Igbo will go well if they learn a good lesson and stop saying South South ARE IGBO OR BIAFRA.

    I support the Igbo move but we South South ARE NOT IGBO OR BIAFRA and will never be.We still prefer to stay and eat with criminal Tinubu than din with the fake pastor Mbaka who lies shamelessly because all Igbos are like Mbaka only themself can really stay together.

    • oba frank

      I love your comment

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  • Rommel

    I hope the BIAFRA agitators are excited that their ambition is gathering momentum, they called themselves Zionists saying that God will lead them away from Nigeria same way Israeli people were liberated from Egypt, now the stage is being set,I hope they are ready