RUGA: Northern Youths Threat A Declaration Of War Against Igbos —Ohanaeze Youths
Holds Northern Governors and leaders responsibleBy Okechukwu Isiguzoro
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth council worldwide had studied dilligently and weighed the implications of the recent threat and 30days Ultimatum from a Northern group named ” Coalition of Northern groups” Over the suspension of Ruga settlement by Presidency, and there have been unnecessary tension in the Southern Nigeria especially Igbos emanating from the threat of these Northern group.
We are fully aware that these recent threat are targeted only to the lives and Properties of Peaceful Nigerians of igbo extraction doing businesses in 19 Northern States, and this is a declaration of War against the Igbos.
Instead of resorting to “threats or Hate speech, or counter Threats” over the 30 days Ultimatum of Arewa Youths under the agies of” Northern Youths Coalition” Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth council worldwide will facilitate a peaceful dialogue with the leadership of the Coalition to ensure that the Ultimatum will be resolved peaceful like the previous threat of Quit notice issued against Igbos in 2017 by the same group.
We will not fail explore all Peaceful avenues for the Protection of lives and Properties of igbos living in the 19 Northern States, but warn that our peaceful approach should not be understood as weakness as there are other options open to us over the recent threat, but We will legitimately pursue peaceful ways to avert this imminent Mayhem and Genocidal Ethnic Cleansing against Igbos in the North.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth council worldwide Congratulate the President mohammadu Buhari for the Suspension of the Ruga settlement program and the Careful approach of the National Economic Council under Vice President Yemi Osibanjo and the Sub Committee led by Governor Dave Umahi Over the clarification of the controversial Ruga settlement program, and reintroduction of “National livestock Transformation Programme”which has programmes of rehabilitation of Displaced IDPs,as a Voluntary programme for any willing State to participate.
We Urge the Coalition of Northern groups to direct Northern Governors to opt for the second option of ranching through this peaceful National livestock Transformation Programme Rather than Ruga settlement which was clearly rejected by the Southern Nigeria especially the South East /South-South Governors and the people.
OYC wishes to remind the leadership of Coalition of Northern groups that of the grave implications of this recent threat, reminding them that”Hate speech ban” is still effective and in the interest of National peace and security to withdraw the 30 days Ultimatum immediately since there is another option for fulani herdsmen to have ranching in North through NLTP, except they’re out to use the guise of Ruga settlement program for Land grabbing and neferious activities in the South East or anywhere in Southern Nigeria, which was clearly rejected and resisted by Southern Nigerians.
We warn that the Youths of South East and South-South are ready to stomach the threat of Genocidal Ethnic Cleansing against the Igbos in the North,we call on Igbos to be vigilant and defend themselves in the North, and relocate immediately their business headquarters to the East,if the Northern Governors, Northern Elders forum,Arewa Consultative Forum , Northern Traditional Rulers led by Sultan of Sokoto and Religious leaders are not behind the recent threat, they should condemn it vehemently and call the warring Youths to other.
But if they fail, we have will hold them responsible for any loss of life or properties resulting from the intent ethnic cleansing by the coalition of northern groups.
Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth council worldwide
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