What we’ll do if Igbos refuse to quit North – Arewa youths

Spokesperson of the Arewa Youths Coalition, Suleiman Abdulazeez, has said the youths will meet the governors of the 19 states in the North to withdraw the ownership of property belonging to Igbos if they failed to leave the region by October 1.

Suleiman had, while addressing newsmen in Abuja after a meeting by northern youths last week, called on the United Nations to declare the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) a terrorist organisation.

In a face-to-face video interview with Dickson Iruegbu of the Nigeria Right Now Project, Suleiman insisted that the North does not believe in restructuring, adding that the Igbos must leave the region

He said if the southeasterners failed to vacate the region at the expiration of the quit notice, they will go to their various state governments to withdraw the ownership of the property they own in the region.

“We gave the Igbos quit notice because we want to have peace. You see, some people have insisted that they are not Nigerians. And their brothers in other places supported the impressions and supported that they are not Nigerians, but people of an independent nation of Biafra, then we asked them to go.

“We did not say there’ll be violence. But if by October 1 the Igbos in the North fail to pack their things and go, we’ll go to the government, ask them to revoke the properties. If that doesn’t happen, we’ve done our best.

“I’m concurring to Nnamdi Kanu’s position that the Igbos are entitled to Biafra and so should quietly leave our region. We are helping the Igbos achieve their aim.

“Igbos are not entitled to be equal citizens with other Nigerians in Nigeria. No, they’re not unless a referendum is conducted and they say ‘yes we are Nigerians.”


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