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Southern leader’s forum has handed dawn word of advice to the Acting president requesting him to act desperately with speed on the ultimatum given to southerners coming from the northern zone, these was sequel to the October 1 2017 deadline from Arewa youth to Igbo to leave the region


Besides, southern
leaders have also given Osinbajo another ultimatum, till December 2017 to implement
the 2014 National Conference report and also, allow the 36 states assume their
status as federating units, as guaranteed by the country’s Constitution. 

Rising from a meeting
in Lagos, yesterday evening, the forum insisted it will not tolerate any threat
or attack against any part of the South. They reiterated that any attack
against any part of the zone is an attack against the entire region.
Forum President and
former director general of the Department of State Security (DSS), Albert
Horsfall, said southern leaders will not tolerate any threat and would ensure
that any attack against the South will get the response it deserves.  
Horsfall added;
Southern leaders are unhappy that up till date, no action has been taken by the
Federal Government.  
He said Acting
President, Yemi Osinbajo, must inform Nigerians of federal government actions
and plans, to protect southerners living in the North.
“We are disconcerted
that, up till now, no action appears to have been taken regarding the October 1
threat issued by Arewa youths. We, therefore, demand that Osinbajo inform
Nigerians of what actions and steps has been taken to protect the Igbo and all
Southerners who live in the North against the threats of the Arewa youths. We
reiterate that any threat or action against anyone from the South will be
treated as a threat or action against all Southerners.”  
The forum also stated that
the federal government, should, as a matter of urgency, implement
recommendations of the 2014 National Conference.
“We note with
gratitude, a statement by the acting president, that the issue of restructuring
will be addressed soon and we urge him to follow his statement with immediate
action by acting on the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference. The
issue of restructuring and change was an integral part of the All Progressives
Congress (APC) manifesto.
“We want the 16-point
agenda that was submitted by the South-South delegation, submitted in their
meeting with the acting president to be acted upon immediately, to avoid youth
restiveness and sustain the current peace.  
“There is an urgent
need to restructure Nigeria to achieve true federalism. We will not be
distracted by individuals who claim ignorance of what restructuring means or
those who try to imply a non-existent sinister plan to break up Nigeria because
of the demand for restructuring. We affirm our commitment to the unity of Nigeria
and also, insist on the urgent need to restructure Nigeria, to achieve true
federalism.
“For the avoidance of
doubt, restructuring is a return to the constitution of independence which our
founding fathers bequeathed to us. That constitution allowed the states
autonomy in the management of their affairs.  
“The states will be
federating units, with its own with rights to have their own constitution. The
states will have control of its resources and make agreed contributions to the
federal government for general services.
 “We will
identify those areas of our Constitution which should allow for effective
administration in the states.  It is important that action be commenced
immediately, to ensure that the entire changes are implemented by December
2017.”
The forum also noted
what it describes as the menace of armed Fulani herdsmen and proliferation of
Fulani armed settlements in the South.
“We want to alert the
international community and we also want the FG to take appropriate actions
against them. We want the FG to make an official statement on this and take
appropriate action to put them in check.”

 Those in
attendance were former governor of Akwa Ibom state, Obong Victor Attah,
Afenifere chieftains, Ayo Adebanjo, Femi Okurounmu, former managing director of
Niger Delta Development Commission, Timi Alaibe, Tony Uranta, President of Ijaw
Monitoring Group, Joseph Eva, Senator Bassey Ewa Henshaw and Afenifere
spokesman, Yinka Odumakin.

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