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A defiant coalition of some youth from the northern
part of the country on Wednesday afternoon
convened another meeting to respond to Governor
Nasir El-Rufai for condemning their attempt to kick
out Nigerians of Igbo origin resident in Northern
The meeting, which was underway in Kaduna at the
time of this report, is aimed at responding to Mr. El-
Rufai for ordering the arrest and prosecution of
members of the fringe group, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.
Abdulaziz Suleiman, a coordinator of the group, said
Mr. El-Rufai’s move to block his group from forcing a
mass exodus of Igbo from northern states was
“We are currently meeting to decide on how best to
react,” Mr. Suleiman told PREMIUM TIMES
“Personally, I am disappointed with some of our
leaders. These types of threats were issued against
the Fulani recently and no governor from the South
came out to condemn it,” Mr. Suleiman added.
His group, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, caused
a nationwide anxiety on Wednesdayafter it held a
press conference in Kaduna Tuesday afternoon to
give Igbo a 12-week deadline upon which they must
vacate Northern Nigeria and return to East, the part
of Nigeria with a predominantly Igbo population.
The group held the media briefing at the headquarters
of Arewa Consultative Forum, a political and cultural
association of Northern Nigeria leaders.
Mr. El-Rufai said the misguided elements failed to
realise that every Nigerian has a right to live in any
part of the country.
Walid Jibrin, a Peoples Democratic Party chieftain,
joined Mr. El-Rufai in condemning Mr. Suleiman’s
group, saying in a statement to PREMIUM TIMES
Wednesday that the Igbo should not be disturbed.
“The Igbo are very broad-minded people who have
helped to develop the economy of the North.
“There is no village, ward or town where you will not
find an Igbo race living peacefully with the people.
“Igbo and the South-South people have always
remained the allies of the North since independence.
Any action that will lead Nigeria to a civil war should
never be entertained especially now that Nigeria
needs unity from everyone,” Mr. Jibrin, the chairman
of the opposition PDP Board of Trustees, said.