The Northern Elders Forum has backed calls by the Northern youths for the Igbo to quit the region before October 1 this year.
The spokesman for the NEF, Prof. Ango Abadullahi, in an interview with journalists in Zaria on Friday, said he supported the youths, who asked the Igbo to quit the North before October 1.
Abdullahi had on Friday insisted that Igbo residents in the 19 northern states must leave the region in full compliance with a three-month ultimatum handed down by a coalition of northern groups.
He also condemned the position of Northern Governors’ Forum on the matter.
The NEF’s spokesman, who said he was disappointed by the NGF’s stance on the matter, told journalists in Zaria that it was hypocritical for Igbo to continue to live in other parts of the country and still agitate for Nigeria’s disintegration.
Abdullahi, a former Vice-Chancellor of ABU, said, “I am disappointed in the decision taken by NGF disowning and condemning the agitation by this young agile and progressive youth groups.
“Let me ask, these Northern governors, whom are they representing, are they representing spirits, ghost or people of the North?
“Recently, people from eastern part of this country, specifically Igbo, were busy calling for the Sovereign State of Biafra and from all indication, their leaders, including governors are behind them.”