Arrest Of Persons Demanding Igbos Quit North: Top Critic, John Danfulani Hails el-Rufai

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    Top critic of the Governor of Kaduna State, Dr. John Danfulani has hailed his prompt order that leaders and brains behind the Coalition of Arewa Youth Organisations be arrested and prosecuted for calling for the expulsion of Igbos from Northern Nigeria.

    This was expressed in a letter of commendation signed by him onbehalf of the Centrum Initiative For Development And Fundamental Rights Advocacy (CEDRA), where he is the chairman.

    The letter described the order by the governor as not only timely, but assuring and that CEDRA backs him 100 per cent on that decision.

    CEDRA however, appealed that the government must adequately protect Igbos’ lives and properties so that they can be encouraged to stay put and continue to carry on their lawful activities in the North.

    Read the full letter below:

    “Mr. Nasir Ahmed El-rufai The Governor of Kaduna State Sir Kashim Ibrahim House Kaduna Sir,

    LETTER OF COMMENDATION

    I write to commend your patriotic and swift action on the ultimatum issued by a Coalition of Arewa Youth Organizations that Igbos residing in 19 states of northern Nigeria and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) must relocate to their states of origin by 1st October of 2017.

    The so-called Arewa youths’ resolution was felonious, treasonable, illegal, and immoral because it challenged the foundation of our existence as a nation.

    Your swift directives for the arrest of these people alone is not enough, further steps should be taken to ensure arrests are carried out and the culprits prosecuted.

    Utterances and positions like this was precursor for the deadly civil war we fought from 1967-1970 that lives lost and properties destroyed is still a subject of public debate.

    We therefore believe that as a nationalist you would do all it takes to avert a repeat of 1967-1970 by bringing to book those miscreants trying to upturn the peaceful coexistence of the various ethnic groups in different regions of the country.

    Your Excellency, we are solidly behind you in this decision because we have no other nation than Nigeria. We must at all cost preserve and guard its indivisibility and indissolubility for this generation and succeeding generations.

    Finally, your government must adequately protect Igbos’ lives and properties. Igbos must be encouraged to stay put and continue to carry on their lawful activities in the North.

    Accept assurances of our highest esteem and regards.

    Dr. John Danfulani Chairman Centrum Initiative For Development And Fundamental Rights Advocacy (CEDRA) 8th June 2017.”

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