Following the 3 months eviction notice issued out by some northern youths to Igbo in the north, Northern businessmen in Cross River are now living in fear of retaliation.
Voice of Ndigbo learnt that businessmen on Cross River streets like Bokobiri, a Hausa settlement area, Calabar road, watt, Marian road, Housing estates, Beach markets, Ika Ika Oqua have departed streets and shops for fear Igbo youths might launched a retaliation attack.
Daily Post reports that most of the Hausa businessmen and traders, including cobblers could no longer be sighted going about their businesses on the street.
Reacting to the quit notice that has caused so much controversy and reactions from leaders and groups all over Nigeria, an Hausa businessman who gave his name as Mohammed said the police should arrest the Arewa youth leaders who signed the eviction notice.
Mohammed said: “We have been doing business in this state for several years but nobody attacked us, even in the North, nobody attack our brothers and sisters. What justification have they to order the eviction of the Igbos? They have none, please let they allow us leave here in peace and do our business too.”
Another elderly northern man, who begs to remain anonymous said: “We should not allow this division to happen in our time; we have been leaving as one, it shouldn’t be now that people should ask somebody to quit, what about the multi-million naira investment such people have?”
Meanwhile, The federal government has formally reacted to the quit notice issued by northern youths to Igbos living in the north saying the Igbos are free to live anywhere in the country.
The minister of interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, in a statement issued on Wednesday, June 7, urged Igbos and other Nigerians to go about their business without fear.
He advised: “The various ethnic groups to desist from flaming the embers of hate, animosity, discord and disharmony and adhere strictly to the teachings of our good values of religions and cultures that encourage good neighbourliness, national unity and Integration, and love for one another.”