– Amidst warnings from lawyers in Anambra State, the Igbo leadership have maintained that they would not move back to the Southeast.
– The Igbo leaders have described the calls as only mischief.
– Yerima Shettima assures Igbo’s that no harm will come to them
The leadership of the Igbo people living in Northern Nigeria have decided not to heed the consistent advice to return home due to the quit notice served them earlier by the Arewa youths.
Recall that the Igbo’s in Northern Nigeria were advised to return home by a set of three lawyers in Anambra State on Thursday 28th September.
In a reaction to this statement, Chief Chris Nnoli the vice president of the Igbo Delegate Assembly in 19 states, has termed the call made by the lawyers as condemnable. He also expressed his disappointment, surprised that professional lawyers could make such a call.
In his statement said, ”We are not in support of such call. And if lawyers actually made such call, because I also read the story in a national daily, then it is very unfortunate and we are not going heed it.”
Chief Chris Nnoli furthermore added that October 1st is Nigeria’s national day and we will all celebrate it together as Nigerians. He said no Igbo man living in the North will heed such a call as the Nigerian constitution provides that citizens of the country have the right to live anywhere they please.
Yerima Shettima who is a leader in the Coalition of Northern groups has assured the Igbo’s living in the North to go about their normal businesses as no harm will come their way on October 1st or any other day. Yerima described the lawyers as mischief makers and enemies of Nigeria.
In his exact words, ”We are a people of honour and respect. We honour our words. So, the Igbo in the north can go about their normal business and should not listen to mischief makers. “We have sensitised our members to ensure the safety of every Nigerian, especially the Igbo, and we can assure you that nothing will happen to the Igbo by October 1 and even beyond.”
On another note, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), has sternly warned the Kaduna state government to abandon what plans they have to arrest the members of the Arewa Youth Group.