The Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) on Wednesday described the ultimatum given by the Northern Youth Group as treasonous.
The umbrella body of the Niger Delta elders, said the statement is worse off than what IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu has been charged with.
The group mad ethis known in a statement by a member of the Centra Wing Committee, Dr Alfred Mulade.
He said the call was wrong and called for the arrest and prosecution of the signatories to the inciting statement.
We insist that this call by Arewa youths must be nipped in the bud, and the Federal Government should, as in the case of Nnamdi Kanu, arrest, detain and prosecute them for treasonable felony, with immediate effect. In this matter of threat to the corporate existence of Nigeria, there must be no sacred cows.
PANDEF considers this statement by the Arewa Youths as tragic as and more treasonable than the offence allegedly committed by Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB, for which he was held in detention for about a year.
Not only is this statement a potent threat to the corporate unity of the country, but in our view, appears the most dangerous statement ever made by any group to the unity and existence of Nigeria since the end of the civil war.
We must not forget how we came into the civil war that lasted for 30 months, and the avoidable calamities it wrought on our country. 50 years thereafter now, things have changed a great deal. Loyalties and commitments should be total of all Nigerians to a Nigeria where all Nigerians are free to stay in any part of the country, free from any form of molestation and discrimination, a Nigeria where we are all each other’s brother’s keeper, in a Nigeria where no one is superior to the other, and where no one threatens to drive any other group of Nigerians away from any part of the country.
This statement by the Arewa Youths which strikes at the very roots of the Nigeria we believe in, is, indeed, an attempt to divide and breakup the country, whose unity is guaranteed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
PANDEF in the statement dissociated itself from “Nnamdi Kanu, and the various secessionist organizations in the South-East” and stated clerly that the South-south is not a part of Biafra.
We recall the Statement we made as PANDEF a few days ago, concerning the Biafra sit-at-home call, and widely reported in the media to the effect that the success recorded by the Biafra sit-at-home call, as reported by various news media, is a clear indication that all is not well in our Country… Biafra is born out of a deep-seated and agonising feeling of marginalisation and discrimination.
So, as has been advised, let us listen to the Ibos and the Biafra agitators. We listen to them knowing that there is no harm in discussing the unity of Nigeria; we listen to them with the clear understanding that Nigeria is better off united and that disintegration is not in anyone’s interest.”