THE threat of October 1, 2017 exit order by some acclaimed leaders of some northern youth groups has continued to attract mixed reactions.
The leadership of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) showed mused excitement last night as it described the exit order as long overdue while urging Igbo in the North to return home immediately.
An Igbo leader said last night, “this is nothing new except for the drama. This is a position we have always held. We have not stop asking Ndigbo to return to home and save themselves from further slaughtering like rams. But if the north is pushing for it, let it be done without bloodshed. Period.”
Yesterday, a leader of the Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo urged the Federal Government to make a statement on the issue “otherwise it has far-reaching implications to the unity of the nation. Otherwise nobody is afraid of separation. If the North wants to break, there is nothing wrong but the idea of giving ultimatum to a particularly set of people to vacate their region is unacceptable.”
Meanwhile, in a statement last night, the leader of MASSOB, Uchenna Madu stated: “The latest quit notice by the coalition of northern youths under the umbrella of Arewa youths is not a surprise gift to Biafrans residing in Arewa land.
“MASSOB is aware that such rascality will happen. As a matter of fact, this is the only rascality exhibited by sponsored Arewa youths to forcefully (sic) exit the people of Biafra residing in Arewa land that MASSOB will 100 per cent support. Their Boko Haram tactics didn’t work as planned.
“MASSOB gladly received the good news of quit notice order to the people of Biafra living in Arewa land. We pledge our total support towards this divinely approved quit notice. MASSOB congratulates the Arewa political, religious, and traditional and opinion leaders who sponsored their youth s wing by using Arewa House in Kaduna for this greatest meeting of a coalition of Islamic fundamentalists.
“MASSOB is hereby advising the people of Biafra mostly the Igbo living in Northern Nigeria (Arewa land) to take this quit notice serious (sic) as the plan to violently kill your children, wives and demolish your investments are already perfected. MASSOB will never fight or defend your lives and properties in Hausa Fulani land. The consciousness and realities of Biafra is highly overwhelming now.”
Igbo youths under the aegis of Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), said the statement was capable of causing chaos in the country but urged the Igbo to remain “wherever they are and defend themselves if pushed to the wall.”
A leader of the Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo described the development as a bad signal and asked northerner leaders to urgently condemn the action of the northerner youths by distancing your views from that of the north.”