Quit Order: Emir of Kastina Ready to Shed Blood to Protect Igbos as NEF Backs Youth

The Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir, has declared that he was prepared to shed his blood to protect Igbos in his Territory.
He was reacting to the quit order issued Igbos living in the northern part of the country by a coalition of youths of northern extraction under the umbrella of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum.
This is even as the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) backed the youth for issuing the quit order, saying Easterners can not be living in other parts of the country and asking for a break up of the same country.
Alhaji Kabiru, who made this declaration on Friday at his palace in Katsina, when he addressed leaders of Igbo community and other Nigerians residing in Katsina State, said Nigeria will continue to remain one in spite of its multi-ethnic diversity.
“I am responding to the quit notice given to some Nigerians residing in the North by some group of people who are enemies of peace.
“Here in Katsina, I am ready to sacrifice my last drop of blood to ensure peace and protect all Nigerians residing in the state,” he said.
The Emir urged the different communities residing in the state not to panic as the Emirate Council and state government would take all necessary measures to ensure peaceful coexistence.
“You are Nigerians, because some of you were born here and you don’t have better place than Katsina.
“So, continue to conduct your lawful business activities, we are behind you.
“You are my sons and daughters like any other person, Katsina is your home, so, feel free to go anywhere,” Kabir said.
Meanwhile, the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), on Friday expressed support for the call by the Coalition of Northern Youth Groups for Igbos to leave the region within three months.
The group made its position known despite widespread condemnation that followed the ultimatum earlier handed by the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum.
The forum expressed “disappointment” with the Northern Governors’ Forum for disowning the youth groups.
Ango Abdullahi, the NEF spokesperson, told journalists in Zaria on Friday that it was hypocritical for the Igbos to continue to live in other parts of the country while agitating for Nigeria’s break up.
He said: “I am disappointed in the decision taken by Northern Governors’ Forum disowning and condemning the agitation by this young agile and progressive youth groups.
“Let me ask these Northern governors, whom are they representing, are they representing spirits, ghost or people of the north?
“Recently, people from Eastern part of this country, specifically Igbo, were busy calling for the Sovereign State of Biafra and from all indication their leaders including governors are behind them.”
According to him, whoever feels Nigeria “is not conducive for him” let him quit, adding that what the northern youth groups did was not a sin.”
Abdullahi said when Nnamdi Kanu, leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, was released on bail recently, over 100 vehicles escorted him to his residence including big personalities from the south-west and south-east.
“This is somebody who has been agitating for the breakup of Nigeria but his people were behind him, therefore, I am behind the youths.
“This is because the Northern youths are pushed to the wall, we have been calming them down in any event similar to this,” he said.

Author: News Editor

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