Quit notice on Igbos: You Can’t Decide For Us, Ohanaeze Replies Northern Youths


Chuks Ibegbu

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has lampooned Arewa youth leaders over their insistence on the ultimatum given to Igbos in the North to leave the region on October 1.

In a statement on Thursday, the youth leaders insisted on the ultimatum, while maintaining that they had no plans to be violent.

Reacting to the renewed threat, the Deputy Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chuks Ibegbu, said the Northern groups had no right to speak or decide for other Nigerians.

“One thing they (Northern groups) should know is that they are not speaking for the Niger Delta; they are not speaking for the Middle Belt; they are not speaking for the South-West, who have all spoken out to condemn the ultimatum given to the Igbo to leave the North.

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“They have no moral duty to decide for other parts of the country.

“They should be made to understand that threats of separation started with the North. In 1950, during the Ibadan conference, the North threatened to secede if not given half of the seats in parliament.

“Again, after the counter coup in 1966, the North threatened to secede until they were assured that power is now in their hands.

“Biafra is not an Igbo thing; every Nigerian is a Biafran. The Biafra agitation is a cry against injustice.

“Even geographically, Biafra is not an Igbo thing; it has never been an Igbo thing,” Ibegbu said.

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