Igbo Quit Notice: Nnamdi Kanu rejects withdrawal of quit notice, insists Igbos must vacate North; Quit Notice: Leaders, Stakeholders Ask N’Delta Militants To Reciprocate Arewa Youths’ Gesture; What Buhari told APC & PDP leaders in closed-door meeting; What Buhari Discussed With State Governors; Buhari approves new rail line from Kano to Daura, others . . .
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, on Friday rejected the Arewa youths’ withdrawal of the quit notice issued to the Igbos to vacate the northern region on or before October 1, 2017.
Describing the withdrawal of the Igbo quit notice as “inconsequential”, IPOB’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful stated, inter alia, below:
“Threats don’t have any effect on us, so our advice to the Arewa North is to please stick to the October 1 deadline or else they have no honour.
We urge all southerners in the core North to return home before October 1 as history will most definitely repeat itself.
Southerners were massacred in the pogroms of 1966 and 1967 after similar assurances were issued then that people should remain in the North.
The presence of a serving governor and senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria during the supposed press briefing confirms what we have always known that the incitement to genocide, which is what the ‘quit notice’ is all about, has the blessing of the Arewa political class.
If President Muhammadu Buhari is at all serious about clamping down on hate speech, he should arrest those behind the ‘quit notice’ along with their sponsors.
Trying to drag the name of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, into their unintelligent blood fest will be resisted.
If the idea is to cow our leader with calls for his arrest, then those behind the genocidal edict of ‘Igbos must leave the North’ are even dumber than we thought.
Nigeria is crumbling today before our eyes due to the arrest of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu; those wishing for him to be arrested again are basically signing the death warrant of Nigeria.”
- Emma Powerful, IPOB spokesperson
Some Niger Delta leaders and stakeholders, yesterday, urged the Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators, CNDA, to return the favor of Arewa youths, who, Thursday, suspended and withdrew their earlier quit notice and 90-day ultimatum to Igbo to leave the north by correspondingly vacating its counter quit directive to Hausa, Fulani and Yoruba in the oil region.
Former Provost Marshal of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Idada Ikponmwen (Rtd.), factional president of the Ijaw Youth Council, Eric Omare, Itsekiri rights activist, Amechi Ogbonna, who spoke to Saturday Vanguard, said it was the right thing to facilitate unity in the country.
During the closed door meeting President Muhammad Buhari had with the leaders of the ruling APC and the opposition PDP, the president said, inter alia, below:
“This visit signifies the unity of Nigeria. It is not a party occasion. It is not a political gathering. It is a symbol of our National unity. It is also an expression of the maturity of our democracy. Multi-party democracy is a very tried and tested form of government. Opposition does not mean hostility, enmity or antagonim. Democracy needs opposition, one which is vibrant but responsible.
I am very pleased to see you assembled here all shades of opinion in Nigeria. Please convey to our countrymen and women in your respective states my deep gratitude to all those who prayed for my recovery. I am imploring all Nigerians to continue praying for peace and prosperity in Nigeria. I thank you so much. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
During the closed door meeting President Muhammad Buhari had with the 36 State Governors (minus the Ekiti state Governor Ayo Fayose), the president said, inter alia, below:
“ . . . I had so much time to watch television NTA 24, I heard so much information about the states. I am very pleased with the states, you are all doing your best and you are lucky your best is proving to be good enough in agriculture and solid minerals. You are succeeding in agriculture because I think people cannot afford foreign food.
. . . The efforts by the vice president is commendable. He used his intellect to run all over the place. I was seeing him 24 hours on NTA. I congratulate them and I allowed him to come and see me to thank him personally for what he has done.
I’m very happy with the national prayers it was well covered and reported, across religions and ethnicity, people were praying. In fact some groups in London came and sang the national anthem and asked that I should go back home, indeed I have come back home . . . I thank you very much. My morale has been raised greatly by the love shown to me and the security of the country.”
The Federal Government on Friday disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a rail line from Kano to his hometown in Daura, Jibia local government areas of Katsina State.
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi made the disclosure at The Osasu Show Symposium, which bothers on the economy and its effects on the less privileged holding in Abuja.
Amaechi disclosed that Buhari also approved, “rail lines from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri, Kano to Maiduguri, Makurdi to Jos, Gombe to Yobe to Borno, Jigawa to Niger Republic.”