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Threats to Igbo: Arrest leaders of northern youth coalition now – El-Rufai

The governor of Kaduna State, Malam El-Rufai has called for the immediate arrest of leaders of northern youths coalition that issued a three-month relocation threat to the Igbo, reports ITRealms.

The governor speaking through the Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Samuel Aruwan said that the Police and security agencies should arrest those who signed the threat communique, saying its in violation of safety and property of citizens, especially of Igbo extraction.

He also said the Kaduna State Government condemns in the strongest terms the press statement by some self-appointed “northern youths” that threatened the safety and property of our citizens of Igbo extraction.

El Rufai assured every resident of the state that their constitutional and human rights to live peacefully and own property wherever they choose is sacrosanct. Even people who may feel unhappy about irresponsible comments or actions that have taken place in other states must know that two wrongs cannot make a right.

The Kaduna State Government, he said, believes in and will uphold the right of every Nigerian to live safely and develop his/her full potentials within its territory.

According to El Rufai, reckless disregard for the rights of other citizens drips through the press statement by these “northern youths” who have chosen to use the discourse around restructuring to promote their own agenda of hate, division and incitement.

“This sort of opportunists cannot be allowed to distort debate, or turn it into a pretext for a barely-disguised agenda of displacement and dispossession of some citizens,” he said.

He insisted that his government would not tolerate such irresponsible statements and conduct in our state. The statement issued by the “northern youths” violates the laws of Kaduna State. Therefore, the Kaduna State Government has directed that its Ministry of Justice should prepare charges and prosecute the signatories and anyone complicit in arranging this egregious assault on the rights of fellow citizens.

Further, he said, in preparatory to prosecution, the police have been directed to immediately arrest, interrogate the signatories to the statement and investigate all the circumstances and persons that may be implicated in the matter.

“The Kaduna State Government urges all residents to ignore the threats from the “northern youths”. We are in contact with the leadership of the Igbo community in Kaduna, and we delighted to say that this community, like all our other communities, believes in the strength of the constitutional order to protect all citizens,” he said.

Reiterating that KDSG wishes to encourage all people to celebrate the diversity with which the Almighty has blessed the country by continuing to shun agents of division, and to stand firm in upholding a common humanity.

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“Everyone has a right to live in peace and harmony,

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