Arewa Youths Suspend Quit Notice To Igbos

The Arewa Youths Consultative Forum has suspended its quit notice to Igbos living in the northern part of the country.

The coalition of northern youth groups announced this on Thursday after a meeting in Abuja.

In attendance at the meeting were the Governor of Borno State, some Igbo traditional rulers, and elders from the north.

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 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.

The government and many others who condemned the notice said all Nigerians had the “constitutional and human rights to live peacefully and own property wherever they choose”.

To ease the regional tension that followed the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who was Acting President at the time, held meetings with the leaders of both region during which he insisted that the unity of the nation was not negotiable.

Ortom Asks Herdsmen To Ignore Quit Notice Threats

There's Nothing Wrong Granting LG Autonomy – Ortom

The Governor of Benue State, Mr Samuel Ortom, has challenged herdsmen in the state not to obey the quit notice issued by a coalition of middle belt youths asking them to vacate the middle belt region before October 1, 2017.

The youths operating under the aegis of the Middle Belt Renaissance Forum, had in a communique threatened war at the expiration of their ultimatum.

Mr Ortom while fielding questions from journalists in Abuja shortly after arriving from an investment trip to the Peoples Republic of China condemned the ultimatum by the youths as he reiterated the determination of his administration to create massive employment through rice and cassava production for export.

The governor who decried the murder of his principal Special Assistant on Knowledge Economy and Investments, Mr Tavershima Adyorough over the weekend appealed to security agencies to step up their game in securing lives and property in the state by fishing out the killers of the late special assistant.

Quit Notice: Igbos, Northern Youths Form Committee

Leaders of the northern coalition groups and that of the Igbos in the 19 northern states have formed a 10-man committee to provide concrete solution on the lingering quit notice given by northern youths to the Igbos.

Moderating a special meeting between the northern youths and northern Igbo leaders, former NLC presidential candidate Isah Tijjani, gave the committee 72 hours within which to report back to the groups with a solution regarding the issue.

On his part, President of the AYCF, Yerima Shettima, blamed the quit notice on the activities of Nnamdi Kanu and his supporters.

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Meanwhile, the opinion of the Igbo leaders is that both group of youths have the right to be angry due to lack of employment in Nigeria.

They, however, warned that they should avoid trying to fix the country through violence, adding that they will continue to remain in Kano until the crisis is over.

Northern Youths, Igbos Meet In Kano Over Quit Notice

Northern youths and Igbos are currently holding a peace meeting in Kano.

Both parties at the meeting are working to form a committee to bring to an end the lingering agitation between the Igbos and the northern groups.

The meeting follows the quit notice giving to Igbos in the North by Arewa youths in reactions to the agitation for secession in the South East.

Representatives of Igbos in all northern states are at the meeting along with leaders of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF).

President of the AYCF, Yerima Shettima, blamed the quit notice on the activities of Nnamdi Kanu and his supporters.

He said, “It is on record that we have been at peace with Igbos for decades until when this young man (Kanu) came, demanding war, demanding arms. In the struggle, he is a small boy, but we want peace.”

According to the Igbo leaders, both youths have the right to be angry due to the lack of employment in Nigeria.

They, however, warned that both Igbo and Northern youth should avoid trying to fix the country through violence.

“Anyone championing the division of Nigeria will never go anywhere,” the Eze Ndi Igbo, Kano, Boniface Ibekwe, said.

“We cannot allow someone to divide us, even if you are angry, we must find a way to end this, and the sooner we end it the better it becomes for both of us.”

The meeting had started in a tensed atmosphere but after arguments and counter-arguments, the talks have taken a positive turn.

There are strong indications that the Northern coalition groups may suspend quit notice given to Igbos during the Kaduna declaration.

Arewa Youths Hold Meeting Over Quit Notice

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A coalition of northern groups has declared a town hall meeting in Kano State North West Nigeria to finalise on the quit notice issued to the Igbos residing in the region.

One of the leaders of the group and President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Shettima Yarima said the initial quit notice issued in the Kaduna declaration still stands pending the outcome of the town hall meetings that will take place in all sub regions of the north.

However, Channels TV’s correspondent reported that the group said there is no course for alarm as it does not intend to use force in driving Igbos out of the region.

“As far as I’m concerned we have not withdrawn it officially, but we are still on review, we will review the situation god willing and what we said is very clear, if you believed in Nigeria stay in Nigeria but if you believed in Biafra please go back to your region where you are building your Biafra and do your Biafra. To us we don’t intend to use any force, we don’t intend to use any violence and we don’t intend to use any means to chase anybody out but we are saying also if you believe in Biafra please go to your Biafra area but if you believe in Nigeria please let us build a better society,” Yarima stated.

On the issue of restructuring Nigeria, Yarima said: “We need to have a country before we think of restructuring, so let us see how we can put Nigeria together then when the country is put in place properly, we can now begin to think of who gives what and who takes what, then we go into restructuring issue which I have been advocating for 15 years.”

Spokesperson of the group Abdul-Aziz Suleiman told Channels Television that from day one, it was the igbos themselves that had been seeking to quit and they, the northern groups were not ready to accept any threat to the unity of Nigeria and what it stood for.

Speaking further, he stressed that the town hall meeting is a follow up to the Kaduna declaration.

“The main issue is Kaduna declaration, we wanted people to understand that the essence of Kaduna declaration is not only about quit notice and for the last 50 years it was the Igbos who were agitating to quit Nigeria.”

it is, however, expected that in the coming days, the northern groups would continue to make consultations with far reaching consequences on whether or not to withdraw the quick notice on the Igbos leaving in northern Nigeria.

Quit Notice: Arewa Youths Ready To Embrace Unity

The Arewa Youth Coalition has stated its readiness to embrace a united Nigeria.

The group made this known during a closed door meeting with the Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima in Abuja.

About two months ago, the Arewa Youths issued a quit notice to Igbos living in the north.

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Governor Shettima, who is also the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, confirmed that the group has however, now agreed to review its decision on the issue.

He also called on south east leaders to join hands in addressing the tension that has existed between the north and the south.

We Are Going To Arrest Arewa Youths, El-Rufai Vows

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has said the Arewa youths that issued a “quit notice” to Igbos in the North will be prosecuted no matter how long it takes.

The governor said this on Tuesday when the Igbo Delegate Assembly and Igbo chiefs in the Northern states visited him at the Kaduna Government House.

“We have arrested so many people for hate speeches and we are trying them. We are going to arrest the Arewa Youths and bring them to justice no matter how long it takes; since the press conference was done in Kaduna,” he said.

“If they had done it in any other place we would have just condemned them, but since it is in Kaduna, we are going to arrest them no matter how long it takes.”

Governor El-Rufai, who said Kaduna had experienced so many crises in the past, said the state government cannot take chances and risk another crisis, hence the order for the arrest and prosecution of those that signed the quit notice.

He reassured the Igbos of their safety in the and urged Igbo leaders to prevail on their youths to avoid making statements and embracing agitations capable of dividing Nigeria.

He added, “Kaduna State Government is grateful to the Igbos for coming. Kaduna has suffered so much crisis, so we are very sensitive to comments that incite and cause disaffection among the people.

“Kaduna used to be a home for all, but so much crisis has divided the state and the metropolis across religious lines.

“As a government, that is why we abolished indigeneship. Once you live in Kaduna you are an indigene. “

On his part, President General of the Igbo Delegate Assembly, Chikezie Nwogu, commended the Federal Government and Governor El-Rufai for their swift reaction to the quit notice issued by the Northern youths.

Nwogu, who led the Igbo traditional rulers from the 19 Northern States to Kaduna, said Igbos are ready to remain in the North.

He said, “We are here in Kaduna to hold a meeting based on what has been happening in the North, especially with the Arewa Youths and the ultimatum given to Igbos and the agitations by IPOB.

“We are not here to condemn anybody. We thank the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, and other Northern governors, traditional rulers and the Federal government for their interventions.”

Nwogu, however, called on the government to tackle the root cause of agitations and subsequent quit notice by Northern youths.

“Let us look at the problem of the Youths when there are complaints. Also, it is good to restructure in a way that will benefit everyone,” he said.

“We are not happy with the call for division. We want Nigeria as one so that all of us can benefit. Northern youths have been our brothers. The Igbos are not going anywhere; we will remain with our Arewa brothers in the North.”

Agitations For Secession, Ultimatum To Igbos Unconstitutional – Osinbajo

The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has said the agitation for secession by groups in the South East and the ultimatum giving to Igbos to leave the North by Northern groups are in violation of Nigeria’s Constitution.

Professor Osinbajo said this on Sunday when he met with traditional rulers from the South East in continuation of his consultations with leaders of the North and South East following increased tension in both regions.

While assuring the traditional rulers that the Federal Government remained committed to the unity of the country, Osinbajo warned that it would be wrong to for people to threaten to disobey laws or the unity of the nation as a result of their grievances.

He also warned that the Federal Government would deal decisively with those who put the unity of the country at risk.

He said, “The manner of those agitations, the method and objectives are wrong, unlawful and in violation of the laws of Nigeria and the Constitution of Nigeria. I want to repeat that both the agitations for secession and the ultimatum to leave the Northern states are wrong and a violation of our Constitution.

“Our Constitution says in Section 2 that Nigeria is one indivisible and indissoluble sovereign state to be known by the name the Federal Republic of Nigeria and that is the law of our country.

“Let us not be in any doubt about the fact that the Federal Government is committed to ensuring that our country remains united.

“And that anyone who violates the law in the manner such as we are seeing all over the place will be met with the full force of the law.”

Although he described the agitations as unlawful, the Acting President said the nation “must be sensitive to the reasons why there are agitations by the various young men and in fact several others across the various zones of this country”.

Noting that much of the agitations had to do with perceived marginalisation, he said, “I want to say the only way to make things right is to do things right. And it will be wrong of us to approach even our grievances by threatening to disobey the laws or by threatening the integrity of our nation.”

According to Professor Osinbajo, keeping the country united is vital because enough blood has been spilt by many and thousands of lives lost for that purpose.

“Many have paid for the unity of this country with their lives and it will be wrong of us as men and women of goodwill in this generation to toy with those sacrifices that have been made,” he said.

“This is the reason why men and women of goodwill in our generation must not tolerate any tendency that drags us in the direction of yet another civil conflict.”

He assured the traditional rulers that the Federal Government is committed to listening “to all the reasons, the various suggestions, the various agitations, and the reasons for those agitations and to ensure that we do justice by all persons regardless of where you are from in this country”.

“That is the commitment of Federal Government which I am able to make to you today,” he added.

Street Trading: Edo Govt. Serves Traders Notice

Street Trading: Edo Govt. Serves Traders NoticeThe Edo state government has advised traders who trade on the walkway to relocate into the market as government would shortly commence the enforcement of the law against street trading.

The Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, who served the notice in an interview with Channels Television said that the activities of the traders contribute largely to the dirt in Benin City.

The Deputy Governor also appealed to the opposition political parties to criticize constructively by supporting the government’s efforts at keeping the city clean.

“The walkways are not created for market trading, ab initio it’s a crime to trade on it as there is a law on walkways in Edo state.

“So they that are trading on that ignorantly they should know that there is a law and very soon the law will catch up on them.

“We will enforce the law to the fullest because elsewhere deviants are the ones that pay for those that obey the law, for those that obey the law to enjoy.

“You can be a progressive opposition only to the extent that you challenge government on the wrong that they do not for the good that they do.

“If cleaning the street for the benefit of all is to the benefit of all then the opposition should join hands with us when we start cleaning the street,” the Deputy Governor said.