IPOB Rejects Withdrawal of Quit Notice, Dares Northern Youths

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Thursday, said it would not honour the withdrawal of the quit notice issued to Igbo in the northern part of the country by the Arewa youths, daring the northern youths that if they had honour, the quit notice should not be withdrawn.
In a press statement Friday, Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, said it was timidity on the part of the coalition of northern youths to withdraw the quit notice, adding Igbos leaving in the north should start coming back home immediately.
The northern youths had announced the decision to withdraw the vacate order they issued on June 7 due to pressure from Nigerians and in respect of corporate existence of the nation’s unity.
But IPOB noted that history had shown that the withdrawal of the notice does not mean that Igbo lives and property are no longer endangered in the north.
Powerful said: “It is inconsequential to IPOB whether the ‘quit notice’ was rescinded or not because it will in no way impact the pace and direction of our effort to restore Biafra.
“Threats don’t have any effect on us, so our advice to the Arewa North is to please stick to the October 1 deadline or else they have no honour.
“We urge all southerners in the core North to return home before October 1 as history will most definitely repeat itself.
“Southerners were massacred in the pogroms of 1966 and 1967 after similar assurances were issued then that people should remain in the North,” the IPOB spokesman said.
“The presence of a serving Governor and Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria during the supposed press briefing confirms what we have always known that the incitement to genocide, which is what the ‘quit notice’ is all about, has the blessing of the Arewa political class,” Powerful said.
IPOB also urged the Federal Government to arrest leaders of the Northern group.
“If President Muhammadu Buhari is at all serious about clamping down on hate speech, he should arrest those behind the ‘quit notice’ along with their sponsors,” IPOB said.
“Trying to drag the name of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, into their unintelligent blood fest will be resisted.
“If the idea is to cow our leader with calls for his arrest, then those behind the genocidal edict of ‘Igbos must leave the North’ are even dumber than we thought.
“Nigeria is crumbling today before our eyes due to the arrest of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu; those wishing for him to be arrested again are basically signing the death warrant of Nigeria,” the secessionist group added.
Powerful stressed that the group was not afraid of what he described as the ‘fabled Fulani hegemonic juggernaut’.

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