Reacting to the October 1 ultimatum issued to Igbos by a group of Northern youths to leave the Northern Region, Yoruba apex socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has beckoned on all those of South west Origin to return home.
The group reached the decision after an emergency meeting in Lagos on Thursday.
According to the group, southerners should not see the order issued to people of the South East as meant for them alone, but as for all those from the South West Region as well.
According to Saturday Sun, a chieftain of the group, Senator Femi Okurounmu who was part of the meeting, stated that taking a cue from history, the ultimatum by the Arewa youths should be taken seriously.
“This quit notice by the northern youths should not be seen by any wise Southerner as being meant for only people from the South-East, or that it is an empty threat. These northern youths meant business, and not only that, they have the backing of the northern elders, who have not only expressed their support for the youths, but have also affirmed their backing for the quit notice given to the South-Easterners. These Northerners should not be underrated, and one of the major reasons we are insisting that all Southerners should start coming back to the South now is that when these attacks on them begin, the Northerners will attack all Southerners. How are they going to be separate a Yoruba from Igbo? It is going to be difficult. Southerners shouldn’t be gullible. They should start coming home now. They should not wait until the end of the ultimatum. We don’t want a repeat of 1966-1967 pogrom, when hundreds of people of Southern origin, especially those from the South-East were massacred in the North”, told Saturday Sun.
Speaking on the order for the arrest of the northern youth group given by the Kaduna State Governor,Mallam Nasir el-Rufai and the Inspector-General of Police Idris Ibrahim, Okurounmu, said it is all a charade and southerners should not be fooled by the move.
He said; ‘‘Have these Arewa youths not been walking the streets free since the Inspector-General of Police and Governor el-Rufai ordered their arrest? The IG is a hypocrite. When crisis broke out in Osun State recently among some Hausa and Yoruba youths, is it not this same IG that immediately under 24 hours of the crisis sent mobile policemen to arrest Yoruba youths, while he left out his Hausa kinsmen? Why is the IG now unable to arrest these Hausa-Fulani youths who issued the quit notice? We are just deceiving ourselves, there is no justice in Nigeria. When an Hausa-Fulani man kills another Nigerian, he has not committed an offence, but when another Nigerian kills Hausa-Fulani man, he has committed an offence and must be punished. That is the Nigeria of today for you’’