FG urged to Embrace dialogue in dealing with IPOB and Arewa Youths – Security Agencies

by on June 17, 2017

Indications are rife that the Presidency is weighing options on how to tackle the Quit notice given to Igbos living in the North by the Coalition of Northern Youths and also secessionist plans of the Nnamdi Kanu led Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for the actualization of the Republic of Biafra.

The Federal Government has been advised by the Security agencies, to embrace dialogue and give the two groups final warning instead of arrest, outright crackdown and revocation of Kanu’s bail.

It was learnt that some of the options were presented at the sessions which the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo had with Northern and Igbo leaders a few days ago.

Osinbajo, it was learnt, had reviewed intelligence reports on the Northern youths, IPOB and the renewed separatist agitations in the country with service chiefs, security chiefs and the police hierarchy on Sunday.

At the meeting, the Presidency was briefed that “some war mongers and divisive elements” were behind the Northern youths and IPOB, and that the objective of “these elements” is to destabilise the country.

The security reports indicated that some influential Northern leaders and groups have provided back up support for the coalition of Northern youths.

They also cited intelligence reports on how key Igbo leaders, including Senators, had been paying homage to the IPOB leader before the group organised a successful sit-at-home protest.

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Although those behind the quit notice to Igbo have been identified, the security chiefs “strongly advised the government to exercise caution but to read the Riot Act to all the groups and their sponsors with a final warning.”

“The government has discovered that some forces were behind the coalition of Northern youths and IPOB. Those behind the ill-fated quit notice to Igbo have been identified, but the government is employing tact in managing the situation, ” a source privy to the goings-on in the Presidency in the last couple of weeks said.

Security report available to the government pointed to the fact that these Northern youths were most likely running errands for some war mongers, he further said.

He said there is a firm belief in government that the arrest of the Northern youths could trigger spontaneous violence in the North.

He said the sponsors of the Northern youths were found to be reacting to the successful sit-at-home protest by the IPOB.

“Some Northern leaders were said to be angry that after the IPOB protest, the leader of the organisation neither had his bail revoked nor was he re-arrested for treason,” he said.

He said the security services strongly advised the government to exercise caution in arresting the Northern youths.

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They further advised against the revocation of bail for the IPOB leader despite the fact that the protest by the organisation which they perceived as “act of treason.”

They said arresting Kanu might lead to more security challenges in the South-East, which could heat up the polity.

The security chiefs, however, recommended dialogue with Northern and Igbo leaders where a Riot Act will be read and final warning given to all “divisive groups.”

The advice prompted the Acting President to meet with leaders from the North and the South-East, particularly leaders of umbrella socio-cultural organisations like the Arewa Consultative Forum ( ACF) and Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

Next week, the Acting President is expected to hold a joint meeting with Southeast leaders and their colleagues from the North.

After the meeting and once “the dialogue template has been followed satisfactorily,” the government may clamp down on any hate-inclined group in the country.

Security agencies are expected to be proactive in busting plots by any group, be it the Northern youths or IPOB.

“The government will no longer spare the rod in arresting leaders of groups undermining the peace and unity of the country. Also, all their sponsors will face the wrath of the law.

“There will be constant surveillance on all pressure and sensitive socio-cultural organisations nationwide,” the highly placed source disclosed.

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Sixteen Northern youth groups, under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Youths on June 6 gave the Igbo up to October 1 to vacate the three geo-political zones in the North.

Some of the youth organisations in attendance at the Kaduna meeting included Arewa Citizens Action for Change, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Arewa Youth Development Foundation, Arewa Students Forum and Northern Emancipation Network on the Igbo Persistence for Secession.

The Northern youth organisations had enjoyed the backing of the spokesman of Northern Elders Forum and former vice chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, who also lashed out at Northern governors for disowning the youths.

Abdullahi, who addressed reporters in Zaria, said he saw nothing bad with the quit notice issued by the Northern youths to Igbo people residing in the North because the Igbo were busy calling for the Sovereign State of Biafra and from all indications, their leaders, including governors, were behind them.

In a retaliatory move against the Northern youths, a coalition of Niger Delta militants demanded from the federal government the return of all oil blocs controlled by Northerners to the people of the oil producing region.

IPOB also issued a statement, calling on all Igbo sons and daughters residing in the North to return to their home

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  • gusk
    June 17, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Comment…The hand writing on the wall is very clear..
    Nigeria of today is scattered, is finished,
    Nothing any one can do about it.
    Every sections of Nigeria is agitating for their right,and is out of the hands of FG of Nigeria.
    They can’t do anything about it again..

    we can see the clear pictures ourselves…

    The IPOB issues is beyond Nigeria.
    They are getting more support internationally now.

    Come to think of it.What was Turkish diplomat visited the IPOB leader Maxi Nnamdi Kanu for?

    The best way for Nigeria today to stay at peace is to split into six geopolitical zones we are,

    Legal illuminery Barr.Olisa Agbakoba has said it before, during subsidy removal crisis in 2012.

    And that prophecy as gradually coming to pass now..
    Let not deceive ourselves any more they will never be peace any more in Nigeria until we all go our separate ways.And it has never been a crime,or a sin for a country to split.

    The marginalization of SE/SS in Nigeria today is too revealing..
    May God have mercy on us..


  • gusk
    June 17, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Comment…This is not about using force, or dialogue, or security agencies to clamp down the agitators..

    Is about letting those agitating to go.

    Because the marginalization melted to them SE/SS is too much.
    And all eyes are seeing it.

    Now tell me who will not agitating, when all our Oil blocs,in SS/SE is belonging to the Northerners, and westerners,And they are using it to marginalize us..

    Now tell me why SS/SE will not be agitating watching
    their God given wealth be useless all over the world by those who enslaved them,by spending $6.8m for just one single wedding, and party, while the owners of the oil can’t afford one square meal in a day,can’t afford, quality education,
    hygienic waters, good environment, and good health care,despite all the pollutions in their lands.

    Who will not be agitating when everything concerning SS/SE in so called National Assembly is been hijacked and manipulated by Northerner/ SW, To start with the PIB/South east development bills that suppose to benefit SE/SS.
    for seventeen years now,they continues politicalize it.
    If it was North,or South west,the bills would have signed in law since without protocols.

    who will not agitating,when Bakasi peninsula, was forces fully taken away from the people of SS during Obasanjo regime, and their people been abandoned to their fate in their IDPS camp,by so called Nigerian government,and the entire world,While Nigerian government and the world is voting Billions of Dollars every minutes of the day to Boko Haram victims at North east every day.

    Who would not agitating?When the NNPC,DPR,NLNG,NLG,MOBIL,CHEVRON and every other oil companies in Nigeria is been 95% dominated by Northerner, and South west,in the name of Tribalism,

    While the well qualified owners from SE/SS are doing menial Jobs..

    How can Nigeria still be one,when all this evils is going on?

    Even the inborn babies are feeling the pains in SS/SE.

    I think it is time for me to go our separate ways for peace to reign.

    know any SS/SE want to close their eyes and see all this evils happening to them again.Enough is Enough, this nonsense must stop.


    • Anonymous
      June 17, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      Correct! No matter what they do, Nigeria can never be one… the handwriting is glaring…..! A stitch in time saves nine.


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