The federal government has urged all well-meaning individuals and groups in the country to ignore all forms of threat issued by geo-political groups with the aim of causing disaffection.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made the appeal when he briefed State House correspondents after the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), which was presided over by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.
“The issue of one or two groups issuing a statement that is capable of destabilising the polity and then being responded to by another group, i think it did not just start today or did not start yesterday.
“What I want to assure you is that security organisations are very, very much on top of this matter.’’
No fewer than 16 youth groups issued a joint position paper at a well-attended news conference held at the Arewa House, Kaduna on June 6, in which they declared that northerners could no longer co-exist with the Igbos.
The ultimatum followed a massive compliance with the sit-at-home order enforced by the Indigenous People of Biafra on May 30 in favour of the actualisation of Biafra Republic.
According to the coalition, this decision was informed by the persistent agitation of the Igbos for secession.
Part of the statement read: “Having come this far, we wish to categorically state that the North is no longer keen in being in the same country with this unruly pack of unrepentant hooligans.
“That the North supports and encourages the authorities and other national and international stakeholders to allow the rebellious Igbos to go their way.
“That in the event the Igbos are not allowed to pull out, the North shall divorce this marriage that has never been convenient to any of the parties.
The minister, however, dismissed the ultimatum and assured that the country’s security agencies were on top of the matter.