Governors of the 19 Northern States of Nigeria have disowned threats by a coalition of Arewa Youths, who allegedly issued ultimatum to Ibos to vacate the North within three months or be forced out.
The Borno State Governor and Chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum, Kashim Shettima said the Governors were in touch with heads of their security agencies concerning the issue.
Governor Shettima said they had taken measures to guarantee the rights of all Nigerians to live in any of the 19 States in the three Geo-political zones of the North.
“Nigeria is a United Nation tied to a common destiny and the governance of Northern Nigeria is not in alignment with the pronouncements of the youth and the governors would take all necessary measures to safeguard the lives and property of Nigerians living in any part of the North,” Governor Shettima said.
A statement by the governors called on security agencies to arrest the youths responsible for the threats and probe the motive behind the call.
It said the call by the youths was a suspicious act that fell in line with recent trend of arms cache and coup rumours, which may not be a coincident.
“On behalf of the Governors of the 19 Northern States, we totally condemn such irresponsible pronouncements by those groups, we condemn, we disown, and we are totally distancing ourselves from those faceless groups who don’t have the mandate of the people of Northern Nigeria to make such loud pronouncements. Section 41, Subsection 1 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is very explicit in safeguarding the rights of all Nigerians to reside in any part of the country with no hindrance whatsoever.
“But then, when you see a toad dancing in the broad daylight, the drummer is not far off from the main road. We wish to call on the security agencies to beam their lenses on these groups, and unearth the faces behind the mask. Some months back, there were cases of illegal importation of arms intercepted at the ports, and then rumours of a coup d’etat. Now, a group, or a bunch of groups that do not have the mandate of the people came up with remarks capable of destabilizing the north and the country as a whole ,” Governor Shettima said.
The Borno State Governor said he was in contact with most of the Governors in the North, who were all talking to the heads of security establishments in their respective domains.
He stated that the governors could not afford to toil with Nigeria’s destiny, hence the call by the 19 Northern Governors to their Igbo brothers to remain calm and go about their legitimate businesses, because nobody could intimidate, harass or dehumanise them in any part of the states.