NORTHERN YOUTH COUNCIL OF NIGERIA CALLS FOR ARREST OF ANGO ABDULLAHI
After a coalition of northern Nigerian groups on June 8 gave Igbos residing in the Northern Nigeria region an October 1 ultimatum to leave the region for southern Nigeria, the Northern Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has called for the arrest of the leaders of these groups including former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, who gave his backing to the call for Igbo exit.
The former Vice Chancellor who is the spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) had said “The northern youths are voicing out their anger and frustration over the irresponsible behaviour of Igbo youths and elders. The Igbo elders cannot pretend or say that they do not know the history of this country. We all know how the first coup was hatched against the north. We know who masterminded that political coup and the aftermath. But we the northerners endured it and carried on as if nothing happened in the spirit of brotherhood. That was why in the Second Republic, an Igbo man, Chief Alex Ekwueme, became a deputy to President Shehu Shagari. I have never seen a country where there was a civil war and somebody from the part of the country that waged the war against the nation became a leader in the country so quickly. The Igbo should remember that politics of democracy is politics of election, not agitation“.
However, the president of the Northern Youth Council of Nigeria, Isah Abubakar, has declared that the call for the exit of Igbos from northern Nigeria does not represent the collective voice or decision of any legitimate coalition of youth groups from northern Nigeria, as the Northern Youth Council of Nigeria is the only organisation that has the right to announce any resolutions of youths from northern Nigeria.
Isa Abubakar said, “NYCN want [sic] to use this medium to dissociate itself from anti-Nigeria agenda for selfish reason [sic]. We are not happy with the development in all its ramifications.”