By Victor Ernest
Governor Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna state has ordered the immediate arrest of all signatories to the statement ordering the Igbos residing in Northern Nigeria to vacate the region within 3 Months.
It was reported that a coalition of Northern Youths in Kaduna on Tuesday gave the Igbos living or doing business in the region three months ultimatum to vacate the region.
The group said its order was in reaction to the sit-at-home order in the Southeast by the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) and other pro-Biafra Agitators.
However, El-Rufai, through his media aide, Samuel Aruwan, said the state is not a party to the declaration.
The Governor’s statement reads in part: ”The Kaduna state government took exception to the fact that the ‘northern youths’ did their irresponsible press conference in Kaduna.
”This government has been consistent in taking action to punish hate speech and incitement. People who may feel unhappy about irresponsible comments or actions that have taken place in other states must know that two wrongs cannot make a right and they cannot use our state to do or say things that threaten the peace.
”The Kaduna state government condemns in the strongest terms the press statement by some self-appointed ‘northern youths’ that threatened the safety and property of our citizens of Igbo extraction. Government assures every resident of our state that their constitutional and human rights to live peacefully and own property wherever they choose is sacrosanct.
”Kaduna state government has therefore ordered the arrest, investigation and prosecution of the signatories to the statement.”
Unity in diversity
The Governor urged all the residents of the state to ignore the threats from the ”northern youths”.
He said the state government is in contact with the leadership of the Igbo community in Kaduna, and he was delighted to say that ”this community, like all our other communities, believes in the strength of the constitutional order to protect all citizens.”
”Kaduna state government wishes to encourage all our people to celebrate the diversity with which the Almighty has blessed us, to continue to shun agents of division, and to stand firm in upholding a common humanity.”