Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Jonathan has weighed in on the ethnic tension following an ultimatum issued to the Igbos in the north to leave the region by a Northern youth forum.
It was gathered that Jonathan took to his Facebook page on Thursday to share a powerful message to Nigerians reminding the Arewa youths that Nigerians have the right to reside in any part of the country.
Read his message below: “Every Nigerian citizen has an inalienable right to reside in any part of Nigeria. As Nigerians, we should all tailor our thoughts, actions and utterances to promote this and other rights.
We are all brothers and sisters born from the womb of mother Nigeria. There are no still births or unwanted births from our mother.
“We are all one and equal and it is the responsibility of all men of goodwill to appeal for calm and unity in our beloved country Nigerians,” he said.
The New Diplomat had reported that 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.