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Northern Quit Notice: A Government Sleeping on a Bicycle (Must Read)



The threat from the coalition of the Northern youths under the Kaduna Declaration, ordering the Igbos living in the Northern part of Nigeria to quit the region in 90 days should not be taken for a joke. This has generated so much reaction from around the world. Prominent Nigerians including former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, described it as an irresponsible act. Former president, Goodluck Jonathan also reacted. The United Nations reacted. Various groups, tribal and religious also reacted. The senate has said the unity of Nigeria is not negotiable. Enough with reactions! What has the federal government done to show it is in charge of the country?

The governor of Kaduna state, Nasiru El Rufai, reportedly ordered the arrest of the youths who made the reckless statements. When Audu Maikori tweeted a wrong piece of information, the governor was quick to talk, and was quoted saying, “We are going to prosecute him. He was arrested. His statement has been taken. He is on bail. He is going to be prosecuted. His fate will be decided by a judge. It is not personal. I have nothing against him. In fact, he has worked with the state government in the past. But I’m not going to sit as the governor of Kaduna state and allow anyone to post or tweet anything that leads to loss of lives without consequences.” Maikori was swiftly picked up. Even Apostle Suleiman was swiftly invited by the DSS after attempts to arrest him was foiled by Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state. It was reported that the Arewa House was used as the meeting point for the infamous declaration. The youths got on camera to make another video that they had taken back their words. Their faces are in the public. They didn’t make the Kaduna Declaration a secret affair. Maikori apologized, yet was arrested twice. Are we being led up the garden path or the government is merely enjoying a nap on a bicycle? Who has been arrested?

Using the rear mirror, the Ife crisis can be seen clearly not too far from us. All the names published are names of people that appear from only one tribe. Perhaps the tribe left alone has a relatively unpopular precedent of never inciting trouble. Perhaps they are a self-righteous tribe, hence they should be left alone while a king in Ife was briskly whisked away to Abuja. The only rational conclusion Nigerians could make was that the unduly pampered tribe had been hit, hence the security agencies must act to promptly protect them. Now, the youths from the same unduly pampered tribe have made a threat, having used a significant venue which says more than we hear. Who has been arrested?

Why is it all happening in Kaduna? This is the question on the minds of many Nigerians that is still begging for answers. A young, harmless boy was just shot dead in the already volatile Southern Kaduna. This was by a military man, the one paid to protect him. The Kaduna Declaration preceded that. Showing the level of distrust in the federal government in handling the crisis brewing up, some Igbos have started moving away from the north. After all, if we got lost on a journey, we can always go back to where we came from. Such is the story of Odozie who has been in the north for thirty years. He had to move his family away from the north, to avoid being caught in the possible crossfire. In a country where other tribes are protesting seeming marginalization over federal appointments with bold accusations such as, ‘Northerners see Nigeria as their empire’, will a lion kill a lion?

As if this was not enough, a former vice chancellor of the popular Ahmadu Bello Univerdity (ABU), Zaria, carelessly said the youths could make such unguided utterances. “After all, the easterners have also been calling for the recognition of Biafra,” he said. Could this be just one of the prominent northerners in support of the Kaduna Declaration? Are there more? calls for an end to a system of government where selective application of law is the order of the day. The government and security agencies should rise up to the occasion by showing the entire world that they are capable of picking up the people behind the Kaduna Declaration. They must show that all citizens are equal, with non more equal in the blind-folded eyes of the law. It is gross ineptitude on the part of a government led by a man who said he belongs to no one, yet he belongs to everyone. The president is saddled with the responsibility of assuring Nigerians that his government belongs to everyone and not more for some part of everyone. This is a call for immediate clamp down on Nigerians who incite evil and unrest, starting from Kaduna. Until this is treated with maximum urgency and seriousness, it may be the beginning of the end of one nation bound in freedom and unity.

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