– The Northern Elders Forum has issued stern a warning to Kaduna state governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai
– The forum condemned the plan to arrest members of the Coalition of Northern Groups
– The Kaduna state government had gotten an arrest warrant on members of the youth group
The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has condemned plans by the Kaduna state government to arrest members of the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG).
Spokesman of the NEF, Professor Ango Abdullahi, stated that the Kaduna state governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai has no moral stand to order for the arrest of the Arewa youths, who he said woke Nigeria from its slumber.
The Kaduna state government had on Thursday, September 28 announced that it obtained a bench warrant from the court to arrest members of the CNG who gave October 1 as deadline for Igbos living in the North to quit or be forced out of the region.
Leaders of the Coalition of Northern Groups. Photo credit: Borno state government
The CNG has since withdrawn following the intervention of the Borno state governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima.
Professor Abdullahi told Leadership: “The government owns the power to arrest whoever they want to arrest, but I hope that they would arrest the youths and put them on trial in the court of law that belongs to Nigerians and not the ones they set up.
“We know that the government of El-Rufai doesn’t even obey the law or court orders. I supported the youths’ declaration. They did a good job and by waking up Nigeria from its sleep.”