The Arewa Youths Consultative Forum says the October 1st ultimatum given to Igbos residing in the region still stands. Recall that the group had a meeting in Kaduna state in June where they gave the ultimatum.
Speaking to journalists in Kano state today, the chairman of the forum, Shettima Yerima, said the quit notice still stands for Igbos who are adamant in leaving Nigeria to form another country. Yerima added that the order exempts Igbos who still believe in the existence of Nigeria.
“We stand by our notice to Igbo but those who are interested in Nigeria can stay. But for those who are not interested, you can go.Our mission is for peace; the unity of Nigeria is being threatened by the current agitation from the Igbo and we want to make sure that those who are interested in Nigeria stay but those who are not interested should go. The purpose of town hall meeting in Kano is to review the early stand took and we are collecting views of people here from the northwest. We will also move to north-central and north-east on whether to maintain our position or reconsider it. We don’t have the right to force the people to go. So, we are using peaceful means because don’t have police and army.” he said