Ohaneze Ndigbo, has urged Igbos leaving in the North to relocate only if they feel their lives are not safe anymore. However, another pan-Igbo group, MASSOB, asked Igbos to commence relocation from Northern Nigeria immediately.
This is in reaction to the three
months ultimatum issued by the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, ACYF, a
coalition of socio-political groups in northern Nigeria, to all Igbos in
the 19 northern states to vacate the region, although the federal government and the Kaduna State government have since
condemned the call, assuring of maximum security while Governor Nasir
El-Rufai called for the arrest of the sponsors of the Arewa forum.
In his reaction, the National Publicity Secretary of Ohaneze, Uche
Achi-Okpaga, in a statement in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital,
urged Igbos in the south-east to continue living in peace with everyone.
“At any rate, two wrongs don’t make a right,” he said. “We encourage
our sons and daughters to accept every Nigerian and even a foreigner
living legally and lawfully in the South-East. We also advise our people
living in the North to relocate if your life has been so crystally
threatened. It has no spare either.”
The Igbo group blamed President Muhamadu Buhari and the ruling All
Progressive Congress for the ultimatum alleging that the AYCF was just
following in the footsteps of the president and the party, who have
allegedly shown disdain and hatred for the Igbos.