Quit notice: MASSOB insists Igbo should leave North
The Movement for Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) yesterday maintained its earlier call on Southeast indigenes in the North to return home.
This followed the ultimatum given to the Igbo by a coalition of northern youths to vacate the region.
It said anybody encouraging the Igbo to remain in the North was an enemy of Ndigbo.
In a statement at the weekend in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, by its Director of Information, Comrade Edeson Samuel, MASSOB regretted that Ndigbo have become endangered species through attacks and massacre.
According to the group, the north and east are like oil and water which cannot be mixed together.
The statement said: “MASSOB is maintaining its earlier stand on the quit notice given to Ndigbo in Northern Nigeria. We congratulate them for taking the bull by its horn.
“When a landlord is no longer interested in his tenants, the best way is to serve him with quit notice, instead of using thugs to eject him. The northerners have given us a quit notice; it is our duty to vacate their land without delay.
“It is better we part in peace than in pieces. The Bible says two cannot work together unless they agree. The North and East are like oil and water, which cannot be mixed. Our cultures and religions differ.
“We the Igbo value lives, we hate shedding of blood, but Northerners derive joy in shedding the blood of innocent people. Anybody encouraging Ndigbo to remain in the North is an enemy of Ndigbo.
“Since 1945 till today, Ndigbo has been at the receiving end. We are fully aware that Alhaji Ango Abdullahi and some other northern elders are the brains behind this threat against Ndigbo.
“Our governors should wake up and face these challenges without fear. Southeast governors should think back about what happened to Ndigbo.
“In 1945 and 1953, Ndigbo were massacred in Northern Nigeria. From 1966 to 1970, over 2 million Ndigbo were murdered in Northern Nigeria. In 1980 and 1994, many Igbo were slaughtered in Kano. In 1991, 2001, 2002, several Igbo were massacred in Kaduna and Kafanchan. In 2001 and 2008, some Igbo were killed in Jos, Plateau State. In 1996, Gideon Akaluka was murdered in Kano with his head cut off. During 2011 election, Igbo members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and civilians were killed in Northern Nigeria because the then President Goodluck Jonathan worn the election.”
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