Thursday, 8 June 2017

Northern youth leaders rescind on decision, asks Igbos to stay as IGP speaks on the threat

The Northern youth coalition, headed by the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum have retracted their statement asking the Igbos to leave the Northern region.

The group on June 6, at a news conference in Kaduna, gave the Igbos a three-months ultimatum to vacate the region, calling it “The Kaduna Declaration.”

The coalition also advised northerners in the south to return home. Attributing the ultimatum to the Biafran agitation.

In a video published on social media, the President of the Arewa Youth Forum, Yerim Shettima, and President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Youth Congress, Isaac Bolami, said the “country to come together”.

Bolami said he is happy about the recognition he has received from all corners. He, however, condemns the approach of the IPOB.

He said, “It is high time to come together to achieve one Nigeria.

“This is not the right time to discuss separation.”

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Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the investigation and subsequent arrest of the members of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum for asking the Igbos to vacate the North.

The IGP gave the order at a meeting with Police Commissioners and other high ranking officers on Thursday.

“As commissioners of Police and Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, we have the responsibility to stop this group of persons carrying out their threats.

“I want us to be alert to ensure that such persons or group are stopped at all cost from carrying out their threats.

“No individual has the authority to stop anybody from looking for his daily bread,” he said, according to Premium Times.

He further asked security agencies to beef up their security details and that the police has started the establishment of some operational units in the commands across the country.

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