A former presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has warned that the quit notices being issued by youths in the north and Niger delta region to non-indigenes, need to be checked urgently.
Abubakar, a former vice president, in a statement described the quit notice issued by northern youths to quit the region and the one by Niger Delta group to northerners and Yoruba to leave south South region as misguided.
He warned that retaliatory quit notice on the non-indigenes which amounts to eye-for an-eye will leave Nigeria blind.
The former Vice President called for the inclusion of the state of residence clause in the proposed restructuring of Nigeria to guard against the tendencies.
He said, “Again, it has sadly come to my attention that there has been a counter quit notice issued in reaction to the unfortunate initial notices issued by some misguided youths in July.
“Just as I strongly condemned the quit notice on people of the Igbo ethnic stock living in Northern Nigeria, and the counter quit notices that ensued, I also vehemently condemn the retaliatory quit notice given by certain elements in other parts of Nigeria to persons of other origins be they Northern, Yoruba or any other ethnic grouping within our nation.”
He further stated that, “Finally, let me use this opportunity to commend the National Broadcasting Commission and the National Orientation Agency for taking steps to sanction radio stations that were guilty of playing the Igbo hate song and for embarking on an anti hate speech drive.
“Nigeria is our only country and our value as human beings is tied to the value of Nigeria. So if we must give ourselves value, we must first give Nigeria value.”