Igbo Should Leave Nigeria, Arewa Youth Leader, Shettima Yerima Insists
Leader of the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, Shettima Yerima has insisted that the Igbo ethnic people living in the north must leave within the deadline issued to them by the group.
He said this in an exclusive interview with our correspondent as the October 1 deadline for the three-month quit notice to the Igbo people draws closer.
Yerima debunked the news that he had gone into hiding since the declaration, saying he is in his village and has nowhere to run to.
He told our correspondent that no law enforcement agent had invited him for questioning and that he was never declared wanted by the police.
Yerima said that he would be ready to present himself if invited by the police or any other security outfit and would not hesitate to express himself again.
Yerima was among northern youths, including Aminu Adam (Arewa Youth Development Foundation); Alfred Solomon (Arewa Students Forum); Nastura Sharif (Arewa Citizens Action for Change); Abdul-Azeez Suleiman (Northern Emancipation Network) and Joshua Viashman (Northern Youth Vanguard) that signed the quit notice to the Igbo people.
The groups had asked the Igbo people to quit the 19 northern states before October 1 or else it stage an attack against the Southeastern people living in the north.
Yerima said that he had nothing to fear and would not hide just because he had expressed his view as a Nigerian.
He stated that he would be ready to submit himself in the case that the police are looking for him.
He said, “Why should I go into hiding? I have a name, I have a face. I am not faceless.
Yerima noted that he had not committed any offence but had only helped the Igbos who had been clamouring for secession.