The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) has branded as treasonable the order issued by the Coalition of Northern Youths that Igbo people living in Northern states should return to their states of origin before 1 October. 

The human rights organization made its position known in a statement signed by Mr. Bode Fasade, its Director of Programmes and Projects. According to the statement, the ultimatum issued by the coalition of Northern youths represents a threat to national security and the continued existence of the country as a single geo-political entity.

“It is treasonable in the circumstance that it was made as, it negates the provision of the Nigerian Constitution, which stipulates that every
Nigerian has the right to live and do business in any part of the country without let or hindrance,” the CDHR said.

It noted that Sections 40 and 41 of the Constitution guarantee the rights of Nigerians to freely assemble, associate and move in any part of this country.

“At this auspicious time when every Nigerian is clamoring for unity and peaceful co-existence among the ethnoreligious entities to move
forward, it is unimaginable that a youth coalition that is supposed to be focused on raising the standards of leadership could make such a reckless and unfortunate statement,” the organization added.

It called on the country’s security agencies to fish out the authors of the incendiary ultimatum and bring them to book before other youth groups issue similar ripostes.

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