The National Secretary, Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, AYCF, Ahmed Sule, has stated that the struggle by the Igbos to move away from Nigeria and have their own sovereign nation was becoming like a child’s play hence, the need to send them packing from the Northern region.
It would be recalled that the unity of Nigeria was earlier last week, threatened like never before. This was consequent upon a statement issued by a Coalition of Northern Youths asking Igbos in the north to vacate the region in three months or be forced out.
The Igbos-must-go declaration a few days later received the backing of the Northern elders who said there was nothing wrong with the call for Igbos to go back to their land.
Speaking on Channel Television SunRise Daily, Sule said:
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“You don’t start to make a jest of situations like that especially in a country like Nigeria. When you are within a state and you are talking about another country in a country.
“You see, what I’m trying to tell you is that when things get too much because we tend to have been allowing them to get away with it. Why should they be always talking about Biafra, Biafra, Biafra and the ones that do it, you can see them, are the younger ones.
“We have a sovereign state with sovereign powers whether it is the president or whoever is in charge, they are duty bound to deal with any situation that threatens the unity of the country. That is the meaning of sovereign.
“Nobody should tamper with it. What brought about all these declarations that you heard last Tuesday. You have the Ndigbo.
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“Now, the Arewa youths have never talked about breaking away from this country. In fact, all we do in our programme is making sure this country remains united.
“In the North, if not the Arewa youth, what other organization stands out, sticks its neck and say things the way they ought to be said.
“What makes you think the ACF ended up backing what the Arewa youths said? Its because we are not fighting. We only said, ‘if it is Biafra that you want’ because you always say you want to break away. It’s a kind of marriage unit, okay you are not satisfied, you move aside. There’s no fight in it.
“What we are talking about is beyond that sit-at-home thing. You see, the average northerner knows what he feels; the impression of him from the other parts of the country especially the Southern part. The Northerner accommodates a lot of stress and pain from insults.”