Arewa Youths Makes U-Turn On Quit Notice To Ndigbo

The Coalition of Northern Youth group (Arewa Youths) who on Tuesday, ordered Igbos residing in any part of North to evacuate has released a video to reverse the threat.

It can be recalled the group had also directed northerners residing in the East to within three months relocate back to the North.

According to an earlier statement issued by the spokesman of the group, AbdulAziz Suleiman while briefing newsmen in Kaduna, he declared:

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“All northern civil society and pressure groups are by this declaration mandated to mobilize for sustained, coordinated campaigns at their respective State Government Houses, State Houses of Assembly, Local Government Council Secretariats and Traditional Palaces to mount pressure for steps to be taken to ensure enforcement of the directives contained herein.

“The North hereby openly calls on the authorities and other national and international stakeholders to acknowledge this declaration by taking steps to facilitate the final dissolution of this hopeless union that has never been convenient to any of the parties.

“From today, June 6, 2017, when this proclamation is signed, the North, a critical player in the Nigerian project, hereby declares that it will no longer be disposed to coexisting with the Igbos and shall take definite steps to end the partnership by pulling out of the current federal arrangement.”

But in retraction of the initial statement, the Presidents of Arewa Consultative Forum Youth Congress, Comrade Yerima Shetima and Chief Isaac Balami were seen in a video footage reassuring everyone that they stand for one Nigeria hence, no cause for panic.

Balami who gave the speech said the Northern group had observed how the issue was being discussed globally, adding that the groups will create a platform to discuss the outrage and condemnation trailing the eviction threat.

His words:

“This is not the time for us to discuss separation. We need to come together. Arewa Youths is known for peace.
“It is obvious that the initial approach was not the best. We need to work together as a nation

“I want to tell Nigerians living at home and in diaspora that there is hope. This nation is going nowhere.

“Shettima here wants to assure that everything that he has done was in good faith. This is one Nigeria and we are going nowhere.”

WATCH video below:

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Meanwhile, the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has taken to the Presidency Twitter page to address the threat by Arewa Youths to Igbos living in the north and he stated quote,

“Nigeria belongs to all of us. No person or group is more important or more entitled than the other in this space that we all call home.”

“We have a responsibility to resist all who might seek to sow confusion and hatred for their own selfish interests.”

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