Federal Government Declines United Nation's Request To Arrest Arewa Youths Over Quit Notice

Date: 26-08-2017 8:33 am (4 years ago) | Author: Grace Garland
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ABUJA – The United Nations has called for the arrest and prosecution of a coalition of northern groups which had on June 6 issued a “quit notice” to Igbo living in the northern part of the Nigeria.

Though, the coalition had on Thursday announced the withdrawal of the notice, it however promised to pursue its other listed demands up to the United Nations. Part of the demands is that the government labels the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB as a terrorist organization and the immediate arrest of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu as well as the conduct of a referendum to allow the Igbos have their “Republic of Biafra”.

However, in a statement issued Friday in Geneva, three UN experts urged the federal government to also take immediate steps to arrest those behind a song that seeks to disparage the Igbos.

The experts are Mr. Mutuma Ruteere, Special Rapporteur on Contemporary forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and related Intolerance; Mr. Fernand de Varennes, Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, and Ms. Anastasia Crickley, Chairperson of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

“We are gravely concerned about this proliferation of hate messages and incitement to violence against the Igbo and their property, especially considering the previous history of such violence,” the experts said.

“The Government must be vigilant, as hate speech and incitement can endanger social cohesion and threaten peace by deepening the existing tensions between Nigeria’s ethnic communities.”

The ultimatum was issued on June 6 during a press briefing by the coalition. It had asked the Igbos to vacate the region on or before October 1. However, “mindful of the concerns generated by the clause in the Kaduna declaration that advised the Biafran Igbo to relocate from northern Nigeria and for northerners in the South East to do likewise, and our commitment to the unity of our dear country…and as a consequence of these vigorous engagements and as cultured people with a tradition of respect for our national values, leaders and elders, we are today pleased to announce the immediate suspension of the relocation clause otherwise referred to as the quit notice from the Kaduna Declaration”, the CNG had said in a speech read by its spokesman, Abdulaziz Suleiman on Thursday.

But the human rights experts noted that some local and national figures, as well as some media representatives, had publicly denounced any form of hate speech and incitement, but said other officials still needed to follow suit.

“We are deeply concerned that some prominent local leaders and elders have not condemned the ultimatum, hate speech and the perpetrators,” the experts stressed.

“We call on the Government, media and civil society representatives, and local and religious leaders, to reject and condemn hate speech and incitement to violence unequivocally and in the strongest possible terms.”

The UN experts said any incidents of hate speech and incitement to violence had to be investigated and the perpetrators prosecuted and punished. “This includes the people behind the ultimatum and those responsible for the creation, publication and circulation of the hate song and audio message,” they added.

On his part, former Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress APC, Atiku Abubakar has commended the Coalition of Northern Groups for rescinding the quit notice, but said the group must drop all its other demands if reconciliation must be total.

The former Vice President said in a statement by his media office in Abuja on August 25, 2017 that “at last, good judgment has prevailed.”

He however appealed to the Coalition of Northern Groups to go the whole hog and drop any other condition given to people of Igbo origin living in Northern Nigeria or anywhere else in the nation. “Reconciliation must be total or else it is pyrrhic”, Atiku said.

In the spirit of this rapprochement, the Waziri Adamawa also calls on other ethnic groupings that might have issued counter quit notices to accept this olive branch and rescind whatever notices or withdraw whatever statements they may have made.

The former Vice President also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his national broadcast condemning such developments and urged other elders and elder-statesmen around the nation to likewise add their voices to the condemnation of evil and henceforth refrain from making statements that undermine Nigeria’s unity.

We can’t arrest Arewa Youths -FG

However, the Federal Government has explained why it cannot arrest members of the coalition, saying the group had already stated that they were misquoted by the media (not Saturday Vanguard).

According to the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau; “The group that called themselves coalition of Arewa Associations that held a press conference in Kaduna where they gave October 1 ultimatum to the Igbos to quit the north as a response to what they termed as issue of separatist agenda of the IPOB and claim that there are lots of incitement from the Igbos against the northerners to which the Kaduna State governor responded that they should be arrested for what they reported.

“Of course they later claimed that the media quoted them out of context. I am very much aware that the DSS invited all of them, held a meeting with them to which they made a statement to the effect that what was reported in the media was not what they said.

“They further wrote to the acting President indicating that they did not make inciting statement as to the issue of violence or forceful ejection of the Igbos in the north. However, it was on the basis of that, the northern elders called them to also reaffirm from them that what was reported is not exactly what they meant”.

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- tankNZ at 26-08-2017 08:54 AM (4 years ago)
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please arrest them
Posted: at 26-08-2017 08:54 AM (4 years ago) | Upcoming
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- freethinker at 26-08-2017 09:12 AM (4 years ago)
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GOOD. BUT AREWA YOUTHS ARE UNTOUCHABLE COS THEY ARE NOT FROM SOUTH EAST, THEY ARE HAUSA/FULANI,,,,BORN TO RULE PIGS,
Posted: at 26-08-2017 09:12 AM (4 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- freethinker at 26-08-2017 09:14 AM (4 years ago)
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NIGERIA IS A COUNTRY.......SHE IS ZOO
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- angesco at 26-08-2017 10:18 AM (4 years ago)
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So thats why BUHARI flew back to Nigeria still looking GAUNT and ILL.

It was in order to ensure that Yemi Osinbajo DID NOT carry out the UN's request!!!!!
Posted: at 26-08-2017 10:18 AM (4 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Zaki68 at 26-08-2017 10:20 AM (4 years ago)
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BIG STORY!!!! AND THEY DIDNT CALL FOR THE ARREST OF THOSE WHO WANTS TO MAKE NIGERIA LIKE SOMALI IF THEY DONT GIVE THEM BIAFRA.
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- Zaki68 at 26-08-2017 10:21 AM (4 years ago)
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THIS KIND OF STORY IS FOR FREETHINKER AND CO.
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- tuscanT at 26-08-2017 10:40 AM (4 years ago)
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The ppl calling Nigeria a zoo are the ppl bahaving like an animal! What a coincidence!! Your all need to start thinking
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- angesco at 26-08-2017 11:36 AM (4 years ago)
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Quote from: angesco on 26-08-2017 10:18 AM
So thats why BUHARI flew back to Nigeria still looking GAUNT and ILL.

It was in order to ensure that Yemi Osinbajo DID NOT carry out the UN's request!!!!!
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- fineboy77 at 26-08-2017 12:40 PM (4 years ago)
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Quote from: Zaki68 on 26-08-2017 10:21 AM
THIS KIND OF STORY IS FOR FREETHINKER AND CO.
You cant use your palms to cover a growing pregnancy. the truth will always shine like the sun escaping any dark enclave. I have been following your comments and start hatred for the Igbos,but good thing is that your opinion doesn't matter at all. What will be will be,Biafra is no longer a struggle it is now a movement, an ideology,a religion which can never be killed and the world has woken up to it except people like you cavemen. IT IS PASSION.

Posted: at 26-08-2017 12:40 PM (4 years ago) | Hero
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- don247 at 26-08-2017 03:32 PM (4 years ago)
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where is that hopeless ashawo called ruthie or fruity stupid bitch. I told her when men are talking she should go away.
Posted: at 26-08-2017 03:32 PM (4 years ago) | Newbie
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- maizaxx at 26-08-2017 04:31 PM (4 years ago)
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They should be arrested period. Nigerians are not dunce that they cannot read in between the lines when you made those hate speeches.
If what you are now saying is true, why didn't you immediately recant it?
Posted: at 26-08-2017 04:31 PM (4 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- benosky4 at 26-08-2017 05:14 PM (4 years ago)
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A tribalized justice is a failure.
Those siding Buhari govt should urge him to arrest arewa youths or they're all hypocrites.

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- sensations77 at 26-08-2017 07:48 PM (4 years ago)
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One sided justice in Nigeria,book haram still kills,and an innocent KANU is been threaten,why?is arewa youths above the law? The truth is true,first class citizens and others
Posted: at 26-08-2017 07:48 PM (4 years ago) | Newbie
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- ejikeiyo at 27-08-2017 05:46 AM (4 years ago)
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WASTED GENERATION
Posted: at 27-08-2017 05:46 AM (4 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- tegonwa at 27-08-2017 09:13 AM (4 years ago)
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If You Cannot Arrest Arewa Youths; Then You Do Not Have Any Moral Justification To Even Speak Against Nnamdi Kanu,let Alone Arresting Him.Quite Hopeless!Nawaa O!
Posted: at 27-08-2017 09:13 AM (4 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- mjyabah2 at 27-08-2017 11:25 PM (4 years ago)
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That is shameful for the president to rush home just to stop the VP from carrying out the order by UN. This shows how vulnerable Nigeria could be, the most respected international organization, UN, asked you to do something and u disregarded it. Who would u turn to when u cause trouble in the country with all the threats u are making?
Posted: at 27-08-2017 11:25 PM (4 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- willyking at 28-08-2017 10:34 AM (4 years ago)
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Buhari is a mad man..
Posted: at 28-08-2017 10:34 AM (4 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- ruthie at 28-08-2017 05:29 PM (4 years ago)
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we must live together
Posted: at 28-08-2017 05:29 PM (4 years ago) | Hero
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