The President of Arewa Youth Forum has
raised a fresh question concerning what he described as dual loyalty of
Nigeria's number two man in the hallowed Red Chamber, Dr Ike Ekweremadu.
Ekweremadu, he said, played a major role in the release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
While clearing the air on what his group
told the Igbos he said since the Igbos want to leave they had no option
but to grant their wish by helping them to leave Nigeria.
He said, '' What we told the Igbo was
that, you said you wanted to leave, come and go. If the truth must be
told, let us know that you are part of us and not when you are
On the role played by eminent and other
well-meaning Nigerians to secure Nnamdi Kanu's released, the Arewa Youth
Leader minced no words by attacking the Deputy Senate President, Dr Ike
He chided him for being two-faced while challenging him in q query to say where he actually belong.
''I give you an example, Senator Ike
Ekweremadu, being the number two person in the Senate played a major
role in the release of Nnamdi Kanu. Is he supposed to show his loyalty
to Biafra or Nigeria completely?
Those are the issues that gave us a lot
of headache. What we said was in good faith, we didn’t mean to unleash
any terror or violence. We believe strongly in Nigeria, but we cannot
encourage people who say, they want to go and they continue to threaten
us, and making inciting statements that are capable of breaking up the
This is what we acted upon and said,
please come and go. Since you want to go, we will draw the attention of
the international community to conduct a referendum that you are looking
for because you cannot go without a referendum.
You cannot rule out the fact that we are
aware that some Igbo don’t believe in IPOB. So, definitely, we want to
make it very clear that if there is a referendum, those who want to go
should go, and those who want to stay, there is no problem. There was no
time that we said we were going to forcefully move anybody away from
the North. No, we are learned, we are intelligent and mature.''