Arewa youths say no hurry to withdraw Igbo quit notice
Meet allies to review ultimatum
The leadership of Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (ACYF) under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) yesterday declared that it is not in a hurry to withdraw the October 1st quit notice it gave the South Easterners to vacate the northern region of the country.
The group however announced that it has begun consultations with leaders and allies in the northern region with a view to reviewing the group’s position on the ultimatum.
Addressing newsmen following efforts facilitated by former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu to broker peace in Abuja yesterday, Chairman of the group, Yerima Shetima, said the coalition was set to begin consultations with the Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar Sa’ad and the northern governors under the leadership of the Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima among other stakeholders with a view to urgently address the matter.
”Our position is to also go into discussion with allies at the level of the coalition to review our position on the issue. But we need to do a lot of work and we are on consultations now.
“We are likely going to go on consultations in the northern regions, then we will discuss the issue before we will now finally review our position.’’Shettima however explained that the group was not averse to the unity of the country hence the commencement of the series of engagements with prominent Nigerians in the northern region to reconcile differences amicably.
Kalu, who expressed support for the call to restructure the country, expressed optimism that the various high profile consultations would begin to manifest results.