Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed, has outlined measures being adopted by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to neutralise the anxiety created by the three months ultimatum issued by Northern youths asking Igbo to vacate their region.
Addressing State House Correspondents at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential villa, Abuja, the minister assured Igbo in the region of their safety.
Mohammed assured that all efforts all being made to address the anxiety created by quit notice on Ndigbo resident in the north.
Mohammed said Osinbajo had already commenced talks with critical stakeholders and would continue the discussion aimed at resolving the issue.
He urged Nigerians not to panic, saying there is no need for anybody to move from any part of the country because of the threat.
The minister noted that security agencies are “on top of the matter and there is no reason for anybody to panic.”
Mohammed said: “We want to make comments on what is agitating the minds of Nigerians, that is the call for people from certain parts of the country to relocate to their region. Generally, very disquieting voices.
“We just want to assure Nigerians that the Federal Government is on top of the matter and that yesterday (Tuesday), the Acting President addressed leaders from the northern part of the country.
“At 4 pm today (Wednesday), he is going to address leaders from the South eastern part of the country. On Friday he is going to address South eastern traditional rulers and leaders of thoughts.
“On June 22, there is going to be a meeting of all the groups, that is, traditional rulers, religious leaders and leaders of thoughts from both the South East and North part of Nigeria.
“The idea is not just to assure Nigerians that we are doing something about it but also to give comfort to all Nigerians that this matter is completely under control.
“To assure Nigerians that any Nigerian anywhere is save, the security authorities are completely on top of the matter and that they will deal decisively with any group of people whose conduct that is believed is going to create instability in the country.
“So there is no need for anybody to panic, there is no need for anybody to move from any part of the country. The security agencies are on top of the matter and there is no reason for anybody to panic.”