ABUJA, JUNE 9, 2017 – The House of Representatives has passed a resolution condemning the positions of the northern youth groups calling on Ndigbo resident in the northern part of the country to return to their homeland.
Reps on Thursday insisted that Nigeria must remain one and cautioned the warring parties to stop fuelling division.
The House resolution followed a motion brought under a “matter of urgent public importance” by Hon. Oghene Emma Egoh during plenary.
The lawmaker cited “recent developments which prompted the Biafra agitators to call for the return of the Igbos back home as well as the northern Arewa Youths which issued an ultimatum to the Igbos to vacate the north before October 1, 2017”.
The House noted that the campaign by IPOB for the actualisation of the Biafra Republic had led to the shut down of major towns in the South-east on May 30.
The green chamber also called on the federal government to immediately intervene to avoid the loss of lives and properties which the threats might cause.
Meanwhile, Centre for Crisis Communication (CCC) on Thursday described described as unfortunate, the ultimatum issued to Igbos to vacate the northern region.
The Centre said powerful forces may have promoted the eviction notice in response to sit-at-home order which followed “resurgence of secessionist tendencies orchestrated by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement of the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) in the South East of Nigeria”
Air Commodore Yusuf Anas (rtd), CCC Executive Secretary, in a statement said while IPOB and MASSOB may have their faults, the pronouncement by the Northern youths was unconstitutional, provocative and a threat to the peaceful co-existence among the citizens.