A Northern youth group, Arewa Youth Assembly, AYA was on Thursday night heading for a showdown with the Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho after it gave him 72 hours to lead the Yoruba in the north out of the region.
The group said should Igboho fail to remove the Yoruba from the north that they would be forced to act.
GreenWhiteGreen GWG reports that the group’s action follows the stance by Igboho that the Yoruba living outside the Southwest should return home upon the quest for self-determination by the Yoruba nation.
The group in a statement issued by the Speaker of the assembly, Salihu Danlami said: “We are hereby giving him the ultimatum of 72 hours to move his people out or we will be forced to take necessary actions by personally taking the responsibility of getting his people back home.”
“One Mr Sunday Igboho issued a press statement in which he was quoted as saying enough is enough that the time for the Yoruba nation is now, they will no longer accommodate and accept the presence of Northerners.”
“This is despite the fact that the constitution of the country has made it crystal clear that any Nigerian can live in any part of the country irrespective of his or her religious and tribal placements.”
AYA frowning against what it claimed were acts of intimidation against the north, instigated by Igboho said:
“Since it is Igboho who wants his people out of the North to form the Yoruba nation, we will make it easy for him by asking Mr Igboho to provide a means of transportation to convey his people to the southwest.”
Noting that Igboho had continuously threatened the lives and property of northerners residing in the southwest and for no reason, the group said, “we have kept quiet for the sake of peace and for the respect of the laws of our country, but as Mr Igboho rightly said, enough is enough.”