RUGA: Withdraw your ultimatum immediately – Ohanaeze youths tell northern coalition- Read more:
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide says the ultimatum issued by the Coalition of Northern Youths is a declaration of war against the South – The Igbo youths warned that their peaceful approach should not be understood as weakness, as there are other options open to them over the recent threat – According to the council, the youths of the south-east and south-south are not ready to stomach the threat of genocidal ethnic cleansing against the Igbos in the North The Coalition of Northern Youths has been warned by the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide not to misconstrue its peaceful approach on national issues as weakness. The warning was contained in a statement released by the president general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth council worldwide, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, on Sunday, July 7 following the 30-days ultimatum given by the northern youths to the federal government and governors to implement the suspended RUGA settlement policy, The Nation reports. READ ALSO: Elisha Abbo: Group rejects senator’s apology, calls for stiffer punishment Legit.ng gathers that the Igbo youths said the ultimatum was a declaration of war against the South and southerners living across Northern Nigeria. They lauded the federal government for suspending the programme and urged the northern youths to obey the suspension and stop making threats over it. The Igbo youths called on the federal government to call their northern counterparts to order; insisting that the latter were promoting hate speech which has been banned by the government. The statement read: “We studied and weighed the implications of the recent threat and 30-days ultimatum from a northern group named ” Coalition of Northern groups” over the suspension of Ruga settlement by the presidency, and there have been unnecessary tension in southern Nigeria, especially Igbos emanating from the threat of these northern group. “We are fully aware that these recent threats 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 aegis 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 peacefully like the previous threat of quit notice issued against Igbos in 2017 by the same group.” The Igbo youths said they will not fail to explore all peaceful avenues for the protection of lives and properties of Ndigbo living in the 19 northern states, but warned that their peaceful approach should not be understood as weakness, as there are other options open to them over the recent threat.
The group, however, said it will legitimately pursue peaceful ways to “avert this imminent mayhem and genocidal ethnic cleansing against Igbos in the North.”
It continued: “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide congratulates President Muhammadu 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 David 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 southern Nigeria especially the south-east /south-south governors and the people. “OYC wishes to remind the leadership of Coalition of Northern groups of the grave implications of this recent threat, reminding them that the “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 the North through NLTP, except they are out to use the guise of Ruga settlement program for land grabbing and nefarious 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 not ready to stomach the threat of genocidal ethnic cleansing against the Igbos in the North, we call on Ndigbo 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 the Sultan of Sokoto and religious leaders are not behind the recent threat, they should condemn it vehemently and call the warring youths to order. “But if they fail, we will hold them responsible for any loss of life or properties resulting from the intended ethnic cleansing by the Coalition of Northern Groups.”