Although the controversial notice was withdrawn last week, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had urged the Igbo to pack their things and leave the north, saying the northerners can not be trusted. “They can ignore IPOB; they are not even popular”, Shettima told PUNCH.
“There is no need for them (Igbo) to go anywhere”.
“We have a culture; we have a background and when we say something we stand by it”.
In a statement yesterday, Ugochukwu-Uko warned that “the agenda to re-arrest Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, agreed by the political class, sponsored by those fiercely opposed to the restructuring of Nigeria and endorsed by those who hate our people with passion, will permanently alter the Nigeria political firmament”.
“Before we arrived at our decision, we consulted widely”.
IRA wondered why northern leaders, elders and youths are so obsessed with Nnamdi Kanu who has never been known to carry arms against the State that they want him destroyed “while they protect their terrorist kith and kin who have continuously and violently staged war against the people and the State?” “It is part of our culture”. “Rather than be arrested, these youths are given generous space in the media through the overt and covert support of governments at various levels to celebrate a quit notice issued to fellow citizens”.
The group also said that Kanu’s agitations has been peaceful, adding that he has not gone against the law of the land.
“Our focus is to unify the country and for the nation to remain one”.
According to Omare, “It is the height of nepotism and sectionalism for the Buhari administration to treat the Arewa youth leaders who committed a serious offense bordering on a threat to national security with kid gloves while the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, is being threatened with arrest and several Niger Delta activists are languishing in detention. And now re-arresting a man who commands the fanatical following of millions of angry young men will definitely spur grave surprises for us all, head or tail”, he said.