By Ogbolu George
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC) has dismissed reports that it purportedly accused Nnamdi Kanu of ”seeking self-recognition.”
The report followed a meeting between OYC and the Arewa Youth Coalition in Abuja over the recent quit notice issued to Igbos living in the north.
According to Vanguard, the Chairman of the Coalition of Northern Youths, Yerima Shettima, said after the meeting that ”I thank God we are talking with a recognised body of entire youths organisation in the South-east called Ohanaeze Youth Council that is known everywhere.
”It means that this is a welcome development and we are happy that they have actually sought to get our audience to discuss the way forward out of all these uprisings.
”We are glad to get some words coming out from the leadership of Ohanaeze Youth Council specifically on the area of seeking to see us to discuss issues; it means they realized that we are very angry and a lot of things has falling out of place as a result of their short coming in the sense that if they had called the young man to order from time past we wouldn’t have gone to this extreme.
”The second one is the assurance gotten from the president of the council. If I quote him very well, he said; ‘Nnamdi Kanu is just looking for self recognition’, and we became more relaxed and comfortable getting that from him and third one is him making efforts to bring MASSOB and IPOB together for us to go into round table discussion. I think it is a welcome development.”
However, the OYC Secretary General Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, in a message sent to Daily Post on Sunday, described the report as embarrassing and mischievous.
”Issue of Nnamdi Kanu never came up, we will never condenm the self determination clamourd by the IPOB and the MASSOB.
”Rather, our meeting with Northern youths under the auspices of Arewa youths was to find a middle ground on how to resolve issues of the quit notice; we had a fruitful discussion and we urge our people and the press to discountenance such embarrassing statement,” Okwu stated.
Meanwhile, the two bodies have set up a dialogue committee with a view to bringing the issue of the quit notice to an end.