Goodluck Jonathan Makes Statement About “Igbos Must Go” Order
The former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, is condemning the Kaduna Declaration that wants people from the south-east to leave the region.
Just when the government is looking for a better way to quieten Biafra agitations, a coalition of youth groups in the northern part of Nigeria issued a 3-month ultimatum to Igbos in the region, asking them to leave before October 1.
They had declared war in a statement issued on Tuesday and dubbed "Kaduna Declaration" but that action has witnessed condemnations from different quarters including an order by the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, for the arrest of the signatories to the statement.
On Thursday, Dr. Jonathan issued a statement insisting that "every Nigerian citizen has an inalienable right to reside in any part of Nigeria.
"As Nigerians, we should all tailor our thoughts, actions and utterances to promote this and other rights.
"We are all brothers and sisters born from the womb of mother Nigeria.
"There are no still births or unwanted births from our mother.
"We are all one and equal and it is the responsibility of all men of goodwill to appeal for calm and unity in our beloved country Nigerians".
Since their arrest was issued, there is no report of any arrest made yet.
A policy analyst, Mr Boniface Chizea, had on Wednesday stressed the need for action to follow the order by Governor El-Rufai.
He believes that the diligence and seriousness with which the state government executes the order would dowse the temperature of sectoral and ethnic hatred that the Kaduna Declaration portrayed.