"The constitutional right of every Nigerian to own property, move freely and to live in peace and harmony is sacrosanct”.

That seems to be the message the Kaduna state governor Nasiru El-Rufai is sending out to members of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, which gave Igbos leaving in the northern region three months to vacate the region.

A coalition of Northern groups, including the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, had on Tuesday, given Igbos resident in the 19 states of the North 90 days to quit or be forced out after the expiration of the October 1, 2017, deadline.

The group also asked Northerners in the South-East to get prepared to come back home.

Also read: Northern Youths Give Igbos In the North 3 Months To Leave

The governor, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant- Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, on Wednesday also assured residents in the state of “their freedom to reside where they choose”.

Parts of the statement reads - 

“The Kaduna State Government believes in and will uphold the right of every Nigerian to live safely and develop his/her full potentials within its territory.

“Reckless disregard for the rights of other citizens drips through the press statement by these “northern youths” who have chosen to use the discourse around restructuring to promote their own agenda of hate, division and incitement. This sort of opportunists cannot be allowed to distort debate, or turn it into a pretext for a barely-disguised agenda of displacement and dispossession of some citizens.

“We will not tolerate such irresponsible statements and conduct in our state. The statement issued by the “northern youths” violates the laws of Kaduna State. Therefore, the Kaduna State Government has directed that its Ministry of Justice should prepare charges and prosecute the signatories and anyone complicit in arranging this egregious assault on the rights of fellow citizens", the statement read.