Arewa youth withdraw Igbo quit notice

Chidi Samuel || The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), a coalition of Northern Youth Groups on Thursday withdrew the 3 months ultimatum it gave the Igbo living in the Northern part of the country.

The group announced the withdrawal of the notice at a press conference in Abuja.

Before the announcement of the withdrawal, members of the Arewa groups had met with Kashim Shettima, Borno state governor; Kabiru Gaya, a former governor of Kano state; Sani Daura, a former minister, Igbo traditional rulers in the north, among others.

The decision to suspend the notice comes barely three weeks after the northern youths and Igbo traditional rulers living in the north met in Kano to thrash out the issues threatening the peace.

“As a consequence of this vigorous engagement and as cultured people with a tradition of respect for our national values, leader and elders we are today pleased to announce the immediate suspension of the relocation clause, otherwise referred to as the quit notice from the Kaduna declaration.

“This suspension we are proud to say is also out of respect for and reaffirmation of our allegiance to one united peaceful and prosperous Nigeria and in our unshaken confidence in the political will and the sincere commitment of our dear President Muhammdu Buhari to take a holistic look at all the concerns we raised,” a leader of the group stated.

The Arewa Youth group had on June 6 given Igbos three months’ notice to quit northern Nigeria stating that it would allow them to achieve their call for secession.

But the move attracted widespread criticism with the Kaduna State Government ordering the arrest of those behind the notice, a day after it was issued.