Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has said the Federal Government will deal with anyone attempting to disrupt the peace of the country.
He said this on Tuesday evening when he met with Northern leaders over the recent ultimatum given by northern youths asking the Igbos to vacate the region by October 1.
The acting president said while some people might say the ultimatum should be ignored, “it is important we address it promptly.”
He said: “Every form of hate speech and every stone thrown in the market will hit a target unintended.”
“We will take very serious any attempt to disrupt the peace of this country. We cannot control violence when it begins,” the acting president cautioned.
The meeting was attended by Senate President, Bukola Saraki, House of Representatives’ Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonishakin, Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, Defence Minister, Mansur Dan-Ali and Interior Minister, Abdurahman Dambazzau.
The northern leaders in attendance include the chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum; the Secretary-General of the JNI; the Chief Executive Officer of Media Trust Ltd, Mallam Mannir Dan-Ali; Dr Usman Bugaje; Senator Aliyu Wammako; Prof. Ango Abdullahi; Ahmed Tijani; Martin Luther Agwai; Abdullahi Lahu; among others.