by Cassandra Adaze-Obi
The Movement for Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra on Wednesday gave 100 percent support to the order issued by some Northern Youth groups mandating Igbo people residing in the Northern States of the country to vacate on or before October 1, 2017.
The Youths equally instructed Northern people doing businesses in the South-East States to be prepared to return home.
A coalition of Northern groups, including the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum had on Tuesday in Kaduna ordered All Igbo in the North to leave the region on or before October 1st.
The Order was sequel to the success of the “sit-at-home” order observed in the South-East States in Commemoration of Biafra 50 years anniversary on May 30.
Reacting to the threat, MASSOB leader, Uchenna Madu said that the pro-Biafra agitators he leads were giving 100 percent support to the order.
Madu, who said that MASSOB was aware that the quit notice would come, alleged that Northern leaders sponsored their youths to threaten Igbo having seen that Biafra is a reality.
The statement read “The latest quit notice order by the Coalition of Northern youths under the umbrella of Arewa youths is not a surprise gift to Biafrans residing in Arewa land. MASSOB is aware that such rascality will happen.
“As a matter of facts, this is the only rascality exhibited by sponsored Arewa youths to forcefully exit the people of Biafra residing in Arewa land that MASSOB will hundred percent support. Their Boko Haram tactics didn’t work as planned. MASSOB gladly received the good news of quit notice order to the people of Biafra living in Arewa land. We pledge our total support towards this divinely approved quit notice.
“MASSOB congratulates the Arewa political, religious, traditional and opinion leaders who sponsored their youths wing by using Arewa House in Kaduna for this greatest meeting of a coalition of Islamic fundamentalist. MASSOB is hereby advising the people of Biafra mostly the Igbo living in Northern Nigeria (Arewa land) to take this quit notice serious as the plan to violently kill your children, wives and demolish your investments are already perfected”.
According to Madu, MASSOB would not defend Igbo people living in the North should the Northern youths attack them for failing to obey the order.
“MASSOB will never fight or defend your lives and properties in Hausa-Fulani land. The consciousness and realities of Biafra is highly overwhelming now. The northern leaders are no longer comfortable in facing the Biafran reality, their president (Muhammad Buhari) they so much hoped to use as an obstacle to Biafra emancipation is struggling to breathe.
“As there is no other alternative to stopping Biafra freedom, the northern leaders have resorted in using their youths wing to start terrorising the people of Biafra living in the northern region. What they saw on the sit at home exercise of marking 50 years anniversary celebration of Biafra declaration by General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu marvelled them irrespective of the promises made to them by their stooges in Biafra land.
“MASSOB urge our people to start returning home now. Don’t wait till the three months of quit notice to expire. MASSOB is begging our people to re-invest their investments back to Biafra land”.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, the youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Wednesday said that Igbo cannot leave the North after spending over N44trn to develop the region.
The group also instructed the Igbo living in the North to prepare to defend themselves against possible attack by Northerners.
The Ohanaeze youth wing was reacting to the three-month ultimatum given to Igbo to leave the Northern parts of the country over the agitation for Biafra in the South-East.
A coalition of Northern groups, including the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, had, on Tuesday, told all Igbo in the North to leave the region by October 1.
Reacting to the development, the Ohanaeze Youth Council urged Igbo in the North to “stay put. Igbo cannot leave the North after spending over N44trn to develop the region,” Ohanaeze youth wing declared.
Addressing journalists after a meeting in Enugu, National President of the OYC, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said the ultimatum issued to Igbo by the Northern groups was a call to arms, and should be treated as such by security agencies.
The theme of the emergency meeting was ‘Igbo mandate against genocide.’