By Ajibola Abayomi
Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday criticised the quit notice issued to Igbos in the north by a self acclaimed group of northern youths.
He said the country had pressing issues to attend to other than distractions.
In the same vein the Yoruba apex pan group, Afenifere lashed at those drumming war.
Spokesman of the group, Yinka Odumakin during a press chat in Lagos blamed the federal government for not arresting the perpetrators immediately.
According to him, the threat by the northern youths and the Igbo youths reactions on the other hand were treasonable acts.
“The Minister of information Lai Mohammed was beating about the bush on position of the government. By now, the Inspector General of Police should have been ordered to arrest the northern youths immediately for interrogation if they are serious” he said.
On his part, Atiku described the quit notice issued to Igbos in the north by a coalition of northern youths describing it as a threat to national
A group named, the Coalition of Northern Youths (CNY) on Tuesday, June 6, issued a statement ordering Igbo people in the north to vacate Northern Nigeria within 3 months.
It was learnt that learnt that the group also urged northern people in the south-eastern part of the country to immediately start moving back to their various states.
The group threatened that from the 1st October, 2017, it will begin to prove to the whole world the north was no longer part of any federal union that should do with the Igbos.
Atiku via his official twitter page said the country is too precious and has pressing issues to attend to than the divisive statement of the northern youths.
The All Progressives Congress chieftain also criticised an Igbo group that also issued a counter-statement asking Igbos to return to the south east region while also ordering the northerners out of their state.
“Our country is too precious; our problems are too pressing to pander to divisive rhetoric.
“The ultimatum issued by a Northern youth coalition to the Igbos to quit the region is provocative, and a grave threat to national security.
“The counter response by a Southeast group to Northerners is also reckless and thoughtless” he wrote.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna state government ordered the immediate arrest of persons who signed a statement ordering Igbos out of northern Nigeria.
The state government in a statement issued by Samuel Aruwan, the spokesman to the governor of Kaduna state on Wednesday, June 7, condemned what it described as inciting, hate speech targeted at citizens of Igbo extraction.