ABUJA-Nigeria’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has given clarifications why the federal government failed to arrest members of a northern group that demanded Nigerians of Igbo ethnic nationality quit the region by October 1.
Mr. Malami said the failure to make arrests was to avoid jeopardising the nation’s fragile security.
The Arewa Consultative Forum, had issued the threat but later withdrew it while still attaching conditions.
The quit notice was widely condemned by Nigerians although a few accussed federal government of double-standard.
Mr. Malami’s comment came amid criticisms over plans to rearrest the leader of the pro-Biafra group, Nnamdi Kanu.
The government says Mr. Kanu has violated his bail terms, and wants the bail revoked.
But critics accuse the government of bias, pointing at its failure to arrest members of the northern group while moving to re-arrest Mr. Kanu.
Vanguard newspaper quoted Mr. Malami as defending the government’s decision on Wednesday, shortly after establishing an investigation unit in his ministry.