Kaduna Declaration: Other Southerners Also At Risk - Afenifere
The quit notice given to Igbos in Northern Nigeria is still generating reactions from several groups across Nigeria.
Yoruba socio-cultural organization known as Afenifere in its reaction has called on other southerners in the north to be careful as they also stand the risk of being attacked alongside Igbo people should they disobey the eviction order.
The group in a statement on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin pointed out that all southerners are at risk of attacks by Almajiris and Mujaheedins in the north following the quit order issued to Ndigbo by some northern youths.
The group issued the statement against the backdrop of the 24th anniversary of the June 12, 1993 election on Monday.
Afenifere restated its call for the implementation of the last national conference as a way out of the challenges facing the country.
It noted that the nation has been wobbling and pretending that its unity was settled since the annulment of the June 12 elections believed to have been won by Chief Moshood Abiola.
It argued that the refusal of the security agencies to arrest the groups that asked the Igbo to leave the north within three months, indicated that the Arewa youths were merely voicing the position of the northern political establishment.
“We now mark another June 12 amidst an October 1 quit order to Ndigbo by Arewa youths who have also secured endorsement from the Northern Elders Forum, with the Arewa Consultative Forum conceding what they called “the frustrations of the youth” with Ndigbo.
“While the primary targets of the Arewa youths’ quit order are the Ndigbo residents in the North, we are not deceived that when the rubber hits the road, the Almajiris and the Mujaheedin would pick and choose among all southerners in the north for the baying of blood,” the statement said.