Kaduna State Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai yesterday said he would ensure the arrest of the Arewa youths who issued a quit notice to Igbo in the North no matter how long it takes.
El-Rufai, who spoke while receiving leaders of the Igbo Delegate Assembly and Northern Igbo Chiefs who paid him a visit at Government House in Kaduna, said the youths would be arrested and prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.
He however called on the Igbo leaders to prevail on their youths to stop making statements capable of dividing Nigeria.
El-Rufai said, “Kaduna used to be a home for all, but so much crisis has divided the state and the metropolis across religious lines. As a government that is why we abolished indigeneship, once you live in Kaduna you are an indigene. We are going to arrest the Arewa Youths and bring them to justice no matter how long it takes.”
The President General Igbo Delegate Assembly, Chief Chikezie Nwogu, in his reaction, said the Igbo were not going anywhere but would remain in the North.
“We want the government to tackle the root cause of agitations and subsequent quit notice by Northern youths and find solution. We are not happy with the call for division. We want Nigeria as one so that all of us can benefit. Northern youths have been our brothers,” he said.