Quit order: Arrest Arewa youths to convince Igbo – APGA chieftain tells FG
From: David Onwuchekwa, Nnewi
An All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) chieftain in Anambra State, Chief Ekene Enefe, has accused the Federal Government of not being sincere in asking the Igbo in the North not to relocate to their home states after a threat to their lives and property by some Arewa youths.
He said the Igbo should rather hurry back home whether the Arewa youths’ October 1 quit notice would be realisable or not.
Chief Enefe is the national coordinator of Stakeholders for Willie Obiano for 2nd Tenure and the national fund-raising coordinator for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the election that brought Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, in 1999.
Enefe argued on the premise that up till now no single person amongst the youths that made the statement had been arrested. He noted that the Northern elders a day after the youths’ pronouncement gave their own support to what the youths said. He wondered why such a scenario would be taken lightly by the Igbo who had the same experience in 1967 when thousands of them were reportedly butchered in the North, after the same plea not to worry.
“How can you ask the Igbo to stay put in the North when not even a single soul has been arrested amongst the Arewa youths who made the inflammatory statement, asking Igbo to leave their territory. The Federal Government is not sincere about diffusing the fears in the North.
“Those people who made the statement should have been arrested and prosecuted if there is no hidden agenda in asking the Igbo in the North to remain where they are. And the Arewa youths even repeated their threats the next day to show how serious they were.
“This is not the first time the Igbo had faced this kind of situation. If the Acting President is not being remote-controlled by the Northerners, let him order the arrest of the those Arewa youths and their prosecution to serve as a deterrent and by then Igbo will rest assured that their lives and property would be protected in an event of any crisis in the North,” Chief Enefe posited.
He told the Igbo in the North to discountenance the advice to stay put in the North to avoid being taken unawares. He reminded them of an Igbo adage that said anaghi agwa ochi nti na agha ebidogo ( you needed not to tell the deaf or someone hard of hearing that war has started).