The Northern Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has called for the arrest of the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) spokesman and ex-Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, and the leaders of the Arewa Youths that ordered the Igbo to vacate North Nigeria within three months.
Prof. Abdullahi had openly backed the ultimatum to Igbos to quit the north before October 1, 2017. The group told newsmen Saturday morning in Kaduna that if there is any crisis as a result of the Kaduna Declaration Ango Abdullahi and his family would leave the country, leaving innocent people to pay with their blood.
President of NYCN, Isah Abubakar said the Kaduna Declaration never in any way represented the collective voice or decision of any legitimate coalition of youth groups from the region, as the council remains the apex youth organization that has the right to announce any resolution of youths from the region.
The group dissociated itself from the declaration and stated that Nigeria remained one indivisible entity reiterating that, any Nigerian citizen, has the right to live and own property anywhere they choose to reside without fear from other fellow citizens.
Isah expressed worry that at a time when the country was working very hard to retrace its step to good governance, some people were trying to frustrate that effort by well meaning Nigeria especially, President Muhammadu Buhari and Acting Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
In a statement the NYCN president sah Abubakar said, inter alia:
“We are surprised with statement credited to our renowned elder and academic, Professor Ango Abdullahi, supporting the uncivil and illegal declaration that Igbos should vacate the North.
NYCN want to use this medium to dissociate itself from the anti-Nigeria agenda for selfish reasons. We are not happy with the development in all its ramifications.
We are calling on the federal government to extend its arrest order to Professor Ango Abdullahi and other people who must have sponsored the perpetrators of such a huge inciting statement capable of throwing the country into another civil unrest while the country is yet to fully recover from the previous one several decades after”.
— Isah Abubakar, President of NYCN