LATEST NIGERIA: NORTHERN ELDERS FORUM SUPPORT NORTHERN YOUTHS NOTICE TO IGBOS TO LEAVE THE NORTH WITHIN 3 MONTHS:

Spokesman of Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Prof. Ango Abdullahi, on Friday expressed support to the call by the Coalition of Northern Youth Groups for Igbos to leave the region within three months. The forum also expressed “disappointment” with the Northern Governors’ Forum for disowning the youth groups.

The former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zari Prof. Ango Abdullahi, the NEF spokesperson told newsmen in Zaria on Friday, that he was in support of the youth’s worrisome notice it was hypocritical for the Igbos to continue to live in other parts of the country, while agitating for Nigeria’s break up.

“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, whom 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.”

According to him, whoever feels Nigeria “is not conducive for him” let him quit, adding that what the northern youth groups did was not a sin.

Ango added that 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.

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“This is somebody who has been agitating for the breakup of Nigeria but his people were behind him, therefore, I am behind the 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 noted. Speaking specifically on the Igbos, Ango said the people from the south were always pretending that people from the north were cheating them.

“These people always pretend that the North is cheating them, not minding the fact that Southern Nigeria was developed by resources from the North.

“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,” he said. He recalled that the tradition had remained during the colonial masters and nothing changed after they left the country.

Ango said it was the same money from the North that was used to construct Nigerian Railways, refineries and other facilities.

“First oil exploration was conducted using money from groundnut pyramid, cotton, hide and skin among other cash crops from Northern Nigeria.

“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,”

You will recall that the Coalition of Northern Youths had given all Igbos resident in the north a three-month directive to vacate the region, and also asked Hausas in the east to return back to their places of origin.

The Middle Belt Youth Council (MBYC) in a statement signed by the president, Emma Zopmal on Wednesday, June 7, said they were ready to offer Igbos safe haven in their land, if the Northern youths send them away.

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