Chairman of the Coalition of Northern Youths, Yerima Shettima.    Photo: Twitter/@ShettimaYerima

By Victor Ernest

Yerima Shettima, leader of the Arewa youths, has insisted that the group has not backed down on the exit ultimatum given to the Igbo in the north.

He, however, added that the process to reviewing the notice has begun, with the group meeting with an Igbo youth group in Abuja on Sunday.

The Arewa youths had in a declaration they tagged ”Kaduna Declaration” asked all Igbos living in the north to leave the region on or before October 1.

Ultimatum stands

”On our previous position, we have not officially withdrawn the quit notice given to the Igbo in the North, but we said it a few days ago that we will review our position and part of that step is what we are discussing now,” he said.

Kanu’s freedom unacceptable

On Nnamdi Kanu, Shettima said: ”Leaving Nnamdi Kanu to go unpunished is totally unacceptable to us because he has so far done much damage on our psyche and our nation.

”So for us, we think the best we can do is to internationalise this struggle. Behind the background of what we are doing today, most likely in the event of anything falling short of what we agreed, of course we are already in the UN reporting this same character (Kanu).

”That does not stop us from discussing to arrive at a particular conclusion where we can have peace for the country.”


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Victor Ernest is a journalist with a knack for digging up the hottest news as they break. He’s also a poet, teacher, MC, and a blogger. Victor is a reporter at Concise News.


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