- Rabiu Kwankwaso who is believed to be gunning for the presidency in 2019 had reportedly rejected plans to arrest northern youths who threatened Igbo people
- Some Nigerians including Yinka Odumakin and Balarabe Musa are condemning Kwankwaso's position
Presidential hopeful and former governor of Kano, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, is currently being bashed for opposing the call for the arrest of the northern youths who issued a three-month notice to Igbo people living in the region.
NAIJ.com reports that Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state had ordered that the youths be arrested. Up till now, this has not been done.
On Thursday, June 22 in Abuja, Kwankwaso reportedly declared his opposition the call for the arrest of the youths. Instead, he urged that the youths should be engaged in dialogue.
The Punch reports the deputy publicity secretary of Ohanaeze, Mr Chuks Ibegbu, as condemning this statement by Kwankwaso adding: “Nobody is above the law so the security agencies should investigate him.
“We want to warn that those that are fanning the embers of disunity should desist from doing so, because, if at the end of the day, the country descends to anarchy, they will also lose out.”
“We have not forgotten that when he was governor, he stated that there was no need for more states to be created in the south-east.
“He said the land mass of the South-East would not support a new state, but he chose to forget the fact that state creation is not just about land mass but population.”
On his part, the spokesperson for Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, said Kwankwaso has not changed from what he has been known for, which he described as bigotry.
Noting that Kwankwaso was trying to position himself as a defender of the Arewa, Odumakin said: “He (Kwankwaso) is trying to position himself as a defender of the Arewa and anyone who knows him over the years would have observed his bigotry and it shows clearly that he doesn’t believe in Nigeria.
“When a crisis happened in Ife, it was Kwankwaso that was making incendiary remarks and yet there are rumours that he wants to be president of Nigeria. We have noted his utterances.”
“When people like him talk about one Nigeria, it is pure deception. I endorse what the Southern Nigeria Youths Coalition said that they wanted a referendum to determine the future of the country.
“I support their plan to retaliate any genocide against the Igbo in the north.”
Reacting to Kwankwaso’s position too, former governor of old Kaduna state, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, insisted that the northern youths drumming the quit notice should be arrested.
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“There is nothing wrong in inviting the youths, but definitely, the position of the Kaduna state governor, El-Rufai, calling for arrest is the position of majority of Nigerians.
“The call of people is that these young ones must be held responsible for their actions, not just to teach them a lesson for their crime, but also to expose those behind the quit notice.
“This is because the quit notice is clearly illegal and unconstitutional. How can you tell another Nigerian to quit and then give a date?
“That means that after that date, the youths can do anything illegal. The Federal Government and 80 per cent of Nigerians are clearly opposed to this notice.
“All the steps being taken by the government are correct and the government should immediately arrest these youths. Kwankwaso is wrong and the Kaduna State governor is right,” he said.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com has reported that governors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have asked the federal government to commence negotiations with all agitators in Nigeria.
According to the governors, this would help quell the continued agitations across major parts of the country.
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