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Notice of quit: S-East group collects signatures to UN, AU, others

In an attempt to get the federal government, United Nations and other world leaders act against the notice of quits issued Ndigbo by a coalition of Arewa Youths wherein they Arewa Youths) asked Ndigbo to vacate the northern part of the country before October 12017, a leading Igbo socio-cultural association, Nzuko Umunna, said it has started gathering signatures in a petition it has written to President Muhammadu Buhari, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, the UN and its Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, the AU, ECOWAS, EU and Amnesty International to see that the looming danger that may arise from the eviction order is nipped in the bud.

In a preamble to the petition, Nzuko Umunna said ‘The Kaduna Declaration’ asking fellow citizens of the Igbo stock from southeast Nigeria, to quit the north of Nigeria before October 1, 2017, as they (northern Nigerian youths) would commence ‘visible actions’ which include to “reclaim, assume and assert sole ownership and control of … landed resources currently owned, rented or in any way enjoyed by the … Igbo in any part of Northern Nigeria”, does not reflect the spirit of oneness that Nigeria has been preaching since independence.

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The group further condemned the “hate song composed in Hausa language encouraging attacks on Ndigbo anywhere they are found in the north of Nigeria…” stating that “the quit notice and declaration to forcefully eject and take over properties belonging to the Igbo in northern Nigeria violate all known statutes of the United Nations guaranteeing the legal ownership of property and enjoyment of same by the owners anywhere in the world”.

The petition partly reads thus:

““On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, a coalition of youth associations from northern Nigeria issued a statement which has now come to be infamously known as “The Kaduna Declaration” in Kaduna asking fellow citizens of the Igbo stock from southeast Nigeria, to quit the north of Nigeria before October 1, 2017, as they (northern Nigerian youths) would commence “visible actions” which include to “reclaim, assume and assert sole ownership and control of … landed resources currently owned, rented or in any way enjoyed by the … Igbo in any part of Northern Nigeria.

“Soon after this quit notice, a hate song composed in Hausa language encouraging attacks on Igbo anywhere they are found in the north of Nigeria went viral.

“Apart from the fact that the quit notice and declaration to forcefully eject and take over properties belonging to the Igbo in northern Nigeria violate all known statutes of the United Nations guaranteeing the legal ownership of property and enjoyment of same by the owners anywhere in the world, these threats by youths of northern Nigeria have set the tone for attacks against  the Igbo from October 1, 2017, hence, our petition for those behind the statements, songs and actions to be brought to book in order to nip the danger  in the bud.

“We call on the Nigerian authorities in particular to immediately embark on a global campaign particularly in northern Nigeria to ensure that these plots against the Igbo race in Nigeria do not become manifest.

“We by this petition also put world leaders particularly those of the United States, Germany, Britain, France and Israel among others on notice relating to these infractions”.

Coordinator of Nzuko Umunna, Ngozi Odumuko, said the petition has become necessary as no concrete steps seem to have been taken so far by concerned authorities to tame the growing socio-political conflagration which is capable of consuming everybody irrespective of ethnic background or political affiliation.

He also called on leaders of the national assembly to take concrete actions that would compel the presidency and the security agencies to take action that would prevent the looming chaos.

 


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