Arewa Youths: Immediate Suspension of Quit Notice To Igbos
The Arewa Youths Consultative Forum has officially withdrawn its quit notice to Igbos living in the northern part of Nigeria.
The coalition of northern youth groups declared this on Thursday, August 08, after a meeting in Abuja.
The leaders at the meeting were the Borno State Governor, elders from the north and some Igbo traditional rulers.
The decision to withdraw the quit notice comes barely three (3) weeks after the northern youths and Igbo traditional rulers living in the northern part of Nigeria met in Kano to thrash out the issues frightening the peace.
Arewa Youths had on June 6, 2017 given Igbos three (3) months’ notice to quit northern Nigeria explaning that it would allow them to reach their call for secession.
But the move allured widespread criticism with the Kaduna State Government ordering the arrest of those behind the quit notice, a day after it was declared.
The government and many others who seriously criticized the quit notice said every Nigerian had the “constitutional and human rights to live peacefully and own property wherever they choose”.
In order to ease the regional tension that followed Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who was Acting President at the time, held meetings with the Northern leaders and Igbo leaders during which he insisted that the unity of Nigeria was not negotiable.