Chief Nathaniel Amaechi Uzomah, President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, South-West and Ekiti State, has condemned the alleged silence of notable Nigerians, especially the federal government, over the quit notice issued by the northern youths, led by the Arewa Youths Forum, to Ibos to vacate the North.
The Igbo leader warned that the northerners stand to lose more if Igbos obey their quit notice and vacate the north.
Uzomah, who spoke to journalists in Ado-Ekiti on Monday while reacting to the ultimatum, reminded the northerners that with the huge business investment to the tune of trillions of naira the Igbos had already put in the north and which is generating huge returns and contributing immensely to the region’s socio-economic development, the north would lose more if the Igbos quit.
Calling on eminent leaders across the country to condemn the action of Arewa youths, he said he was disappointed that eminent Nigerians like former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Senator Bola Tinubu, former President Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB) and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, to mention but a few, had refused to condemn the norther youth action.
He added, “The quit notice served on the Igbos by the Arewa youths and ratified by some northern elders later, calls for concern from every patriotic Nigerian. I am for the unity of Nigerians, but I am highly disappointed by the development. I will say that they have gone too far with such action.
” What is most annoying is that the government of the day is keeping quiet over the matter. We believe that the government of the day ought to have done something about calling the parties involved and look for a lasting solution to the crisis on ground. They are not supposed to keep quiet.We expected eminent Nigerians whose views are weighty and influential to have started speaking up.
“We expected them to have started saying things that would show that Nigeria is one and that would bring peace. We expect the Presidency, especially the acting president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, to have said something.
In the South-West here, since we are brothers, we expect eminent Nigerians like former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Senator Bola Tinubu. And in the north, eminent Nigerians like former President Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB) and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar others alike. We should put politics aside on an issue like this. ”
He maintained that the northerners would lose more in the event that the Igbo vacate the north, saying the Igbos are not likely to leave all the property and investment behind
” If I were there, I would rather get a bulldozer to destroy my property there before leaving and not leave it for people who would inherit it. The northern youths should perish the thought that the Igbos leaving the north would carry only their mats and leave their choice property behind, they would destroy those property before leaving.
” I want to tell our people there. And to my Igbo people there, if eventually you discover this threat to be real, sell any of your property and wares you can sell and destroy anyone remaining before leaving so that the place would return to its hitherto desert.”
“This kind of development calls for urgent dialogue so as to resolve all the burning issues. To me, things have become this bad because the government has been complacent about addressing issues arising from various agitations from the tribal and ethnic nationalities in the country.”