Our quit notice to Igbos stands – Northern Youth Coalition

Arewa Youth Leaders Forum [Photo: FIDES Communications]
Arewa Youth Leaders Forum [Photo: FIDES Communications]

The Northern Youth Coalition that recently handed a three-month quit notice to Igbos living in the northern region insisted on the quit notice.

The coalition gave the controversial ultimatum that has been condemned by may Nigerians on June 6, saying Igbos should leave the north before October 1.

Speaking to journalists on Thursday in Kano, the chairman of the coalition, Nastura Shariff, in the company of the National President of Arewa Consultative Youth Forum, Shettima Yerima, explained that the quit notice was just an aspect of many other demands they had made.

”We have never at any given time lifted that quit notice, because if we are to do so, it would have been after a meeting that would be called soon.”

Mr. Shettima had earlier told PREMIUM TIMES that the group would review its stance on the quit notice and make its position known after a meeting.

Thursday’s press briefing implies the group did not change its stance after its meeting.

Mr. Shariff said that apart from the quit notice, they had also written to the United Nations on the violent activities of the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, urging them to declare him a terrorist and his agitation illegal.

He said they were still expecting a response from the UN which would guide their next move.

“That is why we told you that our quit notice still stands and our resolve that anybody who doesn’t want to stay in Nigeria should vacate our region still stands but we are not going to use force to actualize that. We will do it through peaceful means, this is because of the fact that one cannot be living with us and talking Biafra,” he said.

Mr. Shariff said it was sad that people focused more on the quit notice issued by them rather than on a “presented recorded video evidence where Nnamdi Kanu called for genocide like what happened in Rwanda.”

In his own remarks, Mr. Shettima said his members would continue to restrategize on how to ensure unity in the nation and “do away with all threats.”

He said the quit notice was still applicable and that they would be calling a World Press Conference on Thursday next week in Abuja to make their final stance known.

Mr. Shettima also noted that they had scheduled a meeting with the Northern wing of the Ohaneze Ndi Igbo in Kaduna soon to discuss ways forward out of the quagmire.

A lecturer at the Political Science Department of Bayero University Kano, Aliyu Jibiya, at the meeting said his group, Arewa Summit Development Initiative, was planning a one-million-man march to sensitise Nigerians on the problem of out of school children roaming the streets in northern Nigeria, popularly referred to as Almajiri.


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  • Agba


    • musa aliyu

      We shall see!

      • Agba

        Hausa,Yoruba or Biafra we are not family,HOW CAN WE LIVE TOGETHER IN ONE COUNTRY?

  • realist

    The northern youths have finally becomes a law to themselves. Their stand shows that they believe the North is the Nigeria why others are mere appendages. The Nigeria government is equally alluding to this position of the North by their inaction. The truth they are ignoring is that the fruits of peace cannot germinate in disorderliness.

    • Pat

      What do you have to say to the event that led them to issue the quit notice. Has anything changes from the other side since the quit notice was issued?

      • realist

        Two wrongs can never make a right. Nigeria government has taken steps by charging those involved to court in the south east. So is not the duty of the northern youths to fight for Nigeria, it is the government duty. If other youths of other ethnic groups are equally taking laws to their hands, there will be anarchy and disorderliness. The same reason explains why the youths don’t have the gut to interfere in Boko haram fight that even directly involve the North.

        • musa aliyu

          So because two wrongs never make a right kanu should be allowed to be insulting people? The hell with anyone who call foe cessation; the rat kanu is not fit to be addressed. let him dare Amadioha and come to Kaduna; then he will know what he has matched, after he is sent to hell. Our people are waiting for the nincompoop’s arrival!

          • 0tile

            Similarly let your imam Abu Shekau step his feet in PH our people will send him to hell to meet Mohammed.

          • realist

            Congratulations for your murder mindedness. Mind you, you and your almagari’s brothers would suffer it, the so called youths leaders and your elites have their families elsewhere. They are no likely to suffer any loss.

      • 0tile

        Just say tsurutu. Ka ji ko?

    • Arabakpura

      They will soon understand that they are in the minority but have long been protected by the military document called constitution! What is happening to Nigeria now is a gift from God! Let’s mix it up!

  • bangiso mhlabeni

    Sheriff is a mad man ,simple.

  • bangiso mhlabeni

    Hausa/Fulani are in the minority and this time they will see fight run.

  • Frank Bassey

    Cattle heads. They think they are speaking to baby mothers.

    • AryLoyds

      Animals! This is the result of Quota system.