Quit Notice: Kaduna Gov’t Gets Bench Warrant To Arrest Arewa Youths |RN

                      Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufa’i

Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna

The Kaduna State Government on Thursday said it had obtained a bench warrant from the court to arrest members of the Coalition of Northern Youths who gave October 1, 2017, as a deadline for Ndigbo in the North to quit or be forced out of the region.

This was despite the withdrawal of the quit notice by the group.

A coalition of northern groups, including the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum led Shettima Yerima, had in July given all the Igbo resident in the 19 states of the North a three-month ultimatum to quit or be forced out after the expiration of the October 1, 2017, deadline.

They also asked all northerners resident in the South-East to get prepared and return to the North.

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai had earlier ordered the arrest of the principal actors who signed the ‘Kaduna declaration.’

The declaration was signed by Nastura Ashir Sharif (Arewa Citizens Action for Change); Ambassador Shettima Yerima (Arewa  Youth Consultative Forum); Aminu Adam (Arewa Youth  Development Foundation); Alfred Solomon (Arewa Students Forum); and Abdul-Azeez Suleiman (Northern Emancipation  Network) as well as JoshuaViashman (Northern Youth Vanguard).

However, on Thursday, the state government obtained a bench warrant from the court to arrest those that issued the quit notice ultimatum.

Addressing a press conference at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Kaduna, the state capital, El-Rufai’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Samuel Aruwan, however, assured residents including the Igbo, that they had nothing to fear.

He said the assurance was given by the Kaduna State Government which commended all residents and communities in the state for their contributions to peace and harmony.

The government, he added, informed residents that law enforcement and security agencies were taking necessary actions to prevent any threat to peace.

Aruwan said the state government was steadfast about enforcing the law and in keeping the peace, disclosing that the government had taken further actions in relation to those persons that were threatening the liberty of other citizens.

“The government has obtained a bench warrant for their arrest, after filing a formal criminal complaint,” he said.

Aruwan added, “The Kaduna State Government notes, with commendation, the efforts of the residents of our diverse state to uphold peace in their communities. The government and the security agencies are working to prevent any threat to this cherished harmony. Vigorous security patrols will continue as part of concrete actions to reassure residents and demonstrate that bad behaviour is unwelcome and will not be tolerated.

“When some elements barged into our state capital to deliver an illegal ultimatum to a section of our community, the government condemned it and ordered the arrest of those concerned. The Kaduna State Government followed up with a formal criminal complaint to the police and has obtained a bench warrant against them. Therefore, anybody that sights them or is aware of their location should proudly discharge the civic duty of informing the police.

“The criminal complaint specifies the sections of the recently updated Penal Code Law of Kaduna State, 2017 that were violated by those that issued the illegal ultimatum. These include inciting disturbance: Section 78; disturbing public peace: Section 77; injurious falsehood: Section 373; unlawful assembly: Section 66; and criminal conspiracy: Section 59

“The formal criminal complaint and the bench warrant secured on the 8th August 2017 provide a basis to investigate, apprehend and ultimately prosecute the suspects.”  (Punch)

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Edwin Clark Berates Nnamdi Kanu Over Biafra, Condemns Arewa Quit Notice |RN


Chief Edwin Clark

Elder statesman Edwin Clark on Tuesday condemned the Biafran agitation led by Nnamdi Kanu.

He also condemned the notice to quit by the Arewa youth group to Igbo in the North, saying it was worrisome.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Clark made this known when the Chairman, Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debt, Senator Shehu Sani, paid him a courtesy visit in his Abuja residence on Monday.

He warned that secession or agitation was not the way to go on the restructuring of the country.

He said, “When Kanu talks about Biafra, he is talking nonsense. We do not want a second war. America fought their civil war for a long time and they are not thinking of a second one. Kanu should drop the agitation.

“At the same time, it is arrogant and foolish on the part of some northern youths to issue quit notice. You do not own the North. It is part of Nigeria and anybody can live there.

“The Igbo have been living in the North for over 100 years. I condemn all of them.”

The elder statesman, however, emphasised the need for restructuring for equity and balance in the country.

He explained that though the call for restructuring had been loud in recent times, the country had been undergoing restructuring.

“We have been living together since 1914 and from time to time, we have been changing the way of our lives. In 1947, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe said the Richard Constitution was obnoxious; that it was anti-people. In 1950, we had the Macpherson Constitution which created the three regions and in 1963, we had another constitution.

“During all these constitutions, the issue of the fiscal federation was very prominent. So, we have been restructuring this country and nobody talked about breaking up the country. The war between 1967 and 1970 was an unfortunate one.”

Clark said making necessary changes to allow for social justice was the way to go, urging the National  Assembly to re-visit the issue of devolution of power upon resumption from recess. This, he said, was one of the ways to properly restructure the country.

According to him, the vote against devolution of power by NASS is borne out of the fear that it will whittle down the power of the legislators.

He said, “We have reached a stage where states are not paying salaries and something has to be done to gear their minds to see what they can do in their own area to generate money. I am happy you believe in restructuring, which can be achieved within a short time but it may take up to 20 years if we do not agree among ourselves.

“So, once more I want to say that when you resume,  the issue of devolution of power should be re-visited so that the Federal Government will deal with foreign affairs,  prisons, customs and a few other things.”

On the call to return to regionalism, Clark said, “You cannot abolish the states now and say you want six regions. It is not going to be easy or possible now.

“I feel we should use the same states as federating units and the local governments should remain with the states.”

He called for the establishment of revenue mobilisation commission to deal with funds that move between states and local governments to sustain them.

Clark promised to convene a meeting of elder statesmen across the country to find a lasting solution to the problem of restructuring.

In his remarks, Sani said one of the reasons the devolution of power did not scale through in NASS was the fear that state governments might abuse their power.

He said, “The problem we have with the devolution of power is how to tackle some of the problems that come with it. For example, the present crop of governors might not be able to handle state police in a manner that people who disagree with them can be safe.

“Secondly, the manner in which elections are conducted by the state independent electoral commissions where the ruling party in a state wins all positions is worrisome.

“So, if we devolve the police, we have to allay the fears of people on the implications. Those who are championing some of these issues need to make clarifications.”

On derivation and resource control, the lawmaker said it was in the best interest of the country to stop thinking about oil because it was becoming non-attractive globally.

On the quit notice, Sani said: “it is embarrassing.”  (

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Arewa Youths Reply UN, Say Igbo Must Quit Or Their Blood Will Soak Our Ground


Following the recent statement made by the United Nations (UN) for an adequate measure to be taken against Arewa youth that issued a quit notice to the Igbos living in the Northern part of Nigeria, the youths have blasted back.
The Arewa youths have replied back to the UN stating that they can never be arrested on any basis following the statement made by their youth leader, who speaks more on the call made by the UN to arrest them. In a statement he said, “the north is our land, we say or decide who stays or leaves, since the Igbo have been agitating for a nation called Biafra, we decided to help them get their nation quick, our arrest will only accelerate their killing in the Northern part of the country even in their land as well if time is not taken.
Yusuf Musa a member of the Arewa youth said that the blood of the Igbos will flow in the streets of northern Nigeria if any attempt is made to arrest their leader or anyone of them.
“We still insist that the Igbos will leave our Land or risk being killed as done in the 1967-1970 Biafra war, we don’t care what our leaders say in the media, leave our Land or we will soak their blood in our land, this time nothing will stop it not even the UN”, he said.

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8-Man UN Delegation To Storm Nigeria Over Agitation For Biafra Referendum, Arewa Youths Quit Notice

A United Nations delegation are set to storm Nigeria for talks with the FG following the intensified agitation for the sovereign State of Biafra spearheaded by Nnamdi Kanu’s IPOB, a UN correspondent reveals.
The correspondent who disclosed this said that “The 8 man delegates are compiling documents to present to Nigeria government to organise a referendum for the masses to decide for themselves if they still want to continue to co-exist in Nigeria”.
Recall that the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in their recent report Accused Northern Leaders of Endorsing Genocide Against Igbos, this was contained in a letter drafted to UN general secretary by the committee at the end of their 93rd session between July 31 and August 25, 2017.
The UN body ordered Nigeria “to exercise due diligence to halt, prevent and investigate acts of racist hate speech and incitement to hatred and violence against the Igbo people, in accordance with international human rights standards, with a view to bringing perpetrators to justice, punishing them adequately if convicted, and compensating victims.”
According to a source close to one of the cabals controlling Nigeria, Aso Rock has been panicking since they got the information and are trying very hard to monopolize the UN body and quench their move to conduct a referendum.

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Join Us To Build One Nigeria, It Is Not Too Late, Arewa Youths Tell Nnamdi Kanu |RN


From left to right: Arewa Youths Coalition, IPOB members with leader Nnamdi Kanu

The Arewa Youths Coalition (AYC), which announced the withdrawal of the quit notice given the Igbo, on Thursday, has said that it would take the ‘siddon look’ posture in order to allow the Federal Government do the needful.
In an interview with the Saturday Tribune, the leader of the Arewa Youths Coalition, Yerima Shettima, reaffirmed that they have suspended the Igbo quit notice as a result of intervention from prominent Nigerians within and outside the country.
He stated that, ‘With the intervention of people like the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Saad Abubakar, chairman, Northern States Governors Forum and Governor of Borno State, Alh Kashim Shettima as well as the former Chief Security Officer to the former Head of State, General Sani Abacha, Major Al-Mustapha, and also appeals from the international community and other stakeholders, we now have to suspend the issue (Igbo quit notice).
In defending their action, Shettima maintained that the antecedents of the IPOB leader, Kanu were clearly misplaced and apron to violence.
According to him,”To compound the issue, nobody from the South East region appeared to condemn his action,
He added that “We announced the quit notice out of frustration. Now, we have also realised that two wrongs cannot make a right.”
According to him, the Arewa youths are now pleased with the outpour of condemnations coming from Igbo leaders as well as their governors.
Commenting on their next line of action, he stated that, ”even though we have not decided on the next line of action, but in the next couple of weeks and even months our body language would be ‘siddon look.
However, he was quick to advise the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to take advantage of the olive branch extended to him and review his position in the interest of the country.
‘What we expect from him is that he has a re-think. It is never too late for him to join hands with us in building a nation we would all be proud to call our own, “he said. (Tribune)

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Quit Notice: Igbo Lawyer Sues FG, IGP Demanding Arrest Of Arewa Youth Leaders, Others |RN



Coalition of Arewa Youths

I, Barr. Vincent Egechukwu Obetta, Director STREETLAW AFRICA INC. on behalf of all Indigenes of the South East Zone of Nigeria resident in the Northern parts of Nigeria, (hereinafter referred to as Ndigbo resident in the North), hereby issue the following World Press Statement that:


  1. On 11/07/2017, I, on behalf of Ndigbo residents in the North, filed 3 suits at the Abuja Federal High Court (FHC) and ECOWAS Court respectively, comprising (a) A Motion for an Order of Mandamus of the FHC, compelling the Inspector General of Police (IGP), to arrest and prosecute WITHIN 7 DAYS, all such Persons led by one Alhaji Yerima Shettima under the aegis of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), who on 06/06/2017, issued a Treasonable Notice to Ndigbo in the North, to vacate the Region before the 01/10/2017, or else …. (b) A Fundamental Rights Enforcement Suit filed at the FHC, against Alh Yerima Shettima, the IGP and the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN), to enforce the Fundamental Rights of Ndigbo in the North, to move freely throughout Nigeria, and to reside in any part thereof, as guaranteed them under Section 41(1) of the 1999 Constitution as amended (c) A Fundamental Rights Enforcement Suit filed at the ECOWAS Court, against Alh Yerima Shettima, the IGP and the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN), to enforce the Fundamental Right of Ndigbo in the North, to move freely throughout Nigeria, and to reside in any part thereof.
  2. I hereby put the above Respondents on Notice that if it pleases the Hon Court to grant the above Mandamus Order as prayed, and the IGP fails and neglects to comply with such Order of Mandamus of the FHC within the timeline thereon specified, I would have no other choice than to proceed to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Holland, to press Criminal Charges against them, of Aiding and Abetting a second Genocide against the Ndigbo in the North, the first Genocide having taken place in 1966 with no one held to account in that regard, till date.
    My Criminal Suit for such second Genocide against Ndigbo in the North, will be filed against (i) Alh Yerima Shettima (ii) The IGP (iii) The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) as the Chief Law Officer of Nigeria (iv) Prof Ango Abdullahi and (v) Prof Yemi Osinbajo as the Ag. President of Nigeria when the 06/06/2017 Threat of a second Genocide against Ndigbo in the North, was issued.
    The IGP, AGF and Prof Yemi Osinbajo would be charged before the ICC as above stated, for looking the other way, and deliberately failing / neglecting to arrest and prosecute Prof Ango Abdullahi, Alh. Yerima Shettima and his Group, etc, since the 06/06/2017 when this DESPICABLE Threat was issued against Ndigbo in the North; and thereby Aiding, Abetting, Condoning and Encouraging a second Genocide against Ndigbo in the North.

  3. Should it become necessary to proceed to the ICC due to a REFUSAL by the IGP to PROMPTLY comply with above Order of Mandamus, NOTHING will stop us from revisiting and pressing Charges at the said ICC, against ALL the Ringleaders of the 1966 Genocide against Ndigbo in the North.

  4. It has just been announced with cynical fanfare, that the above AYCF has ‘suspended’ its 6/6/17 ‘Quit Notice’ against Ndigbo in the North. I hereby wish to make it categorically clear that this so-called suspension of the Quit Notice CANNOT in law, extinguish the GRAVE OFFENCE committed by Alh Yerima and his Group against Ndigbo in the North, on 06/06/17. Alh. Yerima MUST be arrested and prosecuted alongside other Ring-Leaders of the AYCF, for their TREASONABLE THREAT against Ndigbo, to quit the North before the 01/10/2017. NOTHING short of such Arrest and Prosecution will suffice to settle above 3 Suits, as filed.

  5. It is no longer News that the cynical silence and manifest bias of the FGN and its Agencies since the 06/06/2017 when the Treasonable Threat against Ndigbo was issued, has encouraged and opened a floodgate of ‘Hate Speeches and Songs’ currently awash on the Internet.

  6. Ndigbo in the North and indeed all over Nigeria, have been the butt / victims of Cynicism, Oppression, Repression and Extreme Marginalization since the end of the Civil War on 15/01/1970. Ndigbo in the North have ever since, been serially and SEVERALLY attacked and massacred at the slightest pretext, by Northern Elements such as the Alh. Shettima’s AYCF.

  7. Irrespective of all above atrocities daily committed against Ndigbo in Nigeria, the latter have remained calm and focused on their Businesses and Enterprises, which have contributed in no small measure to the economic and social development of Nigeria; all what they get in return is daily Oppression, Repression, Extreme Marginalization and sometimes outright massacre in the hands of misguided elements in the North.

  8. Worse still, the FGN which Constitutional Duty it is to safeguard the lives and property of Ndigbo throughout the Federation, has consistently looked the other way in the face of all above atrocities, thereby aiding, abetting, condoning and encouraging same.

  9. The 1966 Massacre of Igbos in the North, was not only condoned, but was celebrated by the eminent Northerners who indeed gloated openly, over the gruesome event.

  10. The 1966 Genocide against Igbos in the North, has since the end of Civil War, been swept under the carpet to the extent that it has been banned by the FGN, from being mentioned in History Lessons in ALL Nigerian Schools. Furthermore, it is NOT even allowed to be mentioned in public and any such mention otherwise, is regarded by the Nigerian State, as Treason.

  11. Since 2015 when the Incumbent FGN came to power, the cries and agitations of Ndigbo against above Repression and Marginalization, have been equated to Treason against the State, to the extent that unarmed and defenseless civilians have been severally shot at and killed by Soldiers of the Nigerian Army especially at Onitsha, Anambra State.
    A recent Report issued by Amnesty International says that not less than 150 such unarmed and defenceless civilians have been shot at and killed by Soldiers of the Nigerian Army especially at Onitsha, since 2015.

  12. It is extremely distressing that coming out of all the recent discourse across the Federation, (which Discourse has been ignited by the ongoing Agitations by Ndigbo), Prof Yemi Osinbajo and ALL other eminent / elder Statesmen have obscenely remarked that in as much as Alh. Yerima Shettima’s Quit Notice to Ndigbo in the North is condemnable, the ongoing agitations by the same Ndigbo should STOP FORTHWITH.
    That is, they mean that the TREASON committed by Alh. Yerima Shettima on 06/06/2017 is a befitting Response to the agitations of Ndigbo, which agitations have since the end of the Civil War, been equated to Treason in any event.

  13. This ABSURD, NONSENSICAL, ILLOGICAL, EXTREMELY INSENSITIVE and IMMORAL position held as above by our elder Statesmen, is akin to positing that a child who is being pummeled and brutalized by his older sibling, can only be rescued from his assailant when he stops crying. That is, for as long as the pummeled child continues to cry, the Pummeling is justified and MUST continue!

  14. A Threat bordering on a flagrant violation of the Fundamental Rights of Ndigbo in the North, and a Notice to the latter, of the second Genocide against them should they fail to comply with such Threat, is regarded under the law as such Fundamental Right already violated, and the Genocide executed!

  15. Under the hallowed principle of ‘ubi jus ubi remedium,’ it is hard to see how the Agitations of an oppressed and marginalized people have violated the Rights of any other Nigerian in any manner whatsoever. On the other hand, the above Threat by Alh. Yerima Shettima and his Group CLEARLY violates the Fundamental Rights of Ndigbo in the North.
    Notwithstanding, the FGN has as above, perversely and consistently held that such Agitations constitute an act of Treason against the State, and therefore DESERVE to be met with Threats of Genocide and Expulsion from the North, by Alh. Shettima and his ilk.
    Gentlemen of the press, may I use this opportunity to thank the United Nations who issued a statement in Geneva on Friday calling on the FGN to immediately arrest members of the Arewa youth group.

  16. Finally, I hereby call on all men of good conscience all over the World (US President, UK Prime Minister, President of China Republic etc), to turn their much eagerly awaited attention to the above deplorable plight of Ndigbo in Nigeria, and bring their influence to bear, to save Ndigbo from IMMINENT ANNIHILATION from the surface of the earth! We Must not allow ugly history to repeat itself in this generation.

SINGED: Vincent Egechukwu Obetta Esq.

The Republican News

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IPOB Regards As Inconsequential Suspension Of Quit Notice By Arewa Youths |RN


Arewa youths, IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu with IPOB members

By Ike A. Offor
As expected, the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra has released a press statement regarding the withdrawal of quit notice handed out to the Igbo in the North by Coalition of Arewa Youths as inconsequential.
Previously, IPOB has expressed delight for the quit notice and has told Ndigbo in the North to find places in the South but especially in the Biafran region to carry on with their businesses.
Here is the press statement by the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Comrade Emma Powerful
It’s inconsequential to IPOB whether the ‘quit notice’ rescinded or not because it will in no way impact the pace and direction of our effort to restore Biafra. We urge all southerners in the core North to return home before October 1 as history will most definitely repeat itself.
Southerners were massacred in the pogroms of 1966 and 1967 after similar assurances were issued then that people should remain in the North. The presence of a serving governor and senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria during the supposed press briefing confirms what we have always known that the incitement to genocide which is what the ‘quit notice’ is all about, has the blessing of the Arewa political class.
It betrays the mindset of those clamouring for One Nigeria as irredeemable blood thirsty psychopaths shielded hiding behind ethnic bigotry to unleash what will amount to the 15 mass murder of non-indigenes resident in core Arewa North. If President Buhari is at all serious about clamping down on hate speech, he should arrest those behind the ‘quit notice’ along with their sponsors.
Trying to drag the name of our revered leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu into their unintelligent blood fest will be resisted. If the idea is to cower our leader with calls for his arrest, then those behind the genocidal edict of Igbos must leave the North are even dumber than we thought. Nigeria is crumbling today before our eyes due to the arrest of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, those wishing for him to be arrested again is basically signing the death warrant of Nigeria.
Our quest to restore Biafra is unstoppable and the sooner the Islamic Arewa North knows this, the better for everyone. If Nigeria has any case against Nnamdi Kanu they should present it before the law courts not recruiting barely literate street urchins to issue a threat of mass extermination of Igbos living in the North. We are not afraid of the fabled Fulani hegemonic juggernaut that has literally steamrolled every other ethnicity in Nigeria into submission because we are Biafrans. Threats don’t have any effect on us, so our advice to Arewa North is to please stick to the October 1 deadline or else they have no honour.

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Arewa Youths Suspend Quit Notice To The Igbo In The North |The Republican News


Coalition of Northern Youths


The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) also known as Arewa youths, yesterday, announced suspension of the quit notice it handed Igbo to vacate the North.

The group, which gave the ultimatum which was expected to expire on October 1, in the infamous Kaduna Declaration last June, also pledged its commitment to the unity and indivisibility of the nation.

At a press conference in Abuja, spokesman for the coalition and Chairman, Northern Emancipation Network, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said the group was mindful of the concerns generated by the clause in the Kaduna Declaration that advised the Biafran Igbo to relocate from northern Nigeria and for northerners in the southeast to return home.

Related: IPOB Regards As Inconsequential Suspension Of Quit Notice By Arewa Youths |RN

The Arewa group also said it was mindful of its commitment to the unity of the nation and immediately opened channels for dialogue and interaction with government agencies, national and international groups, including institutions and figures.

It said the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Nnamdi Kanu, prompted the ultimatum it issued.

“Admittedly, we came under intense  pressure from genuinely concerned national, political, traditional, religious, and cultural leaders prominent among which were a section of the Northern Governors’ Forum under its chairman, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, northern traditional rulers and the Directorate of State Security. We also had several fruitful interactions with various concerned individuals and group, most significant was our correspondence with the then acting president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and most recently, our interface with the Presidency through the Special Assistant to the President on Political Matters.

“As a consequence of these vigorous engagements and as a cultured people with a tradition of respect for our national values, leaders and elders, we are today pleased to announce the immediate suspension of the relocation clause, otherwise referred to as the quit notice, from the Kaduna declaration,” the Arewa youths said.

The group also reeled out some terms, which it said should be considered, so that the suspension would not be a temporary solution.

Amongst others, the group said the Igbo should be allowed to and supported to hold a referendum to decide their future either as Nigerians or as Biafrans.

It said in the case that a referendum could not be held at the moment, the Igbo, both in the SouthEast and in other parts of Nigeria, including all elected and other office holders,  should be made to discard, totally, any idea of Biafra and show practical actions to prove that they believe in one Nigeria.

They also called for the total closure of open drug markets operating in northern Nigeria, which they accused the Igbo of indulging in, even as it called for the immediate implementation of the National Drug Distribution Guidelines.

In his remarks, Governor of Borno State and Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum, Kashim Shettima, said the Northern Governors’ Forum was totally in support of the reverse position taken by the Arewa youths.

He said the withdrawal ought to have been done earlier, but for the consultations embarked upon by the group.   (The Sun)

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JUST IN: Arewa Youths Disagree With Buhari, Insist On Biafra Referendum |RN


By Ali Abare, Gombe

The Arewa Youth Coalition that in June issued an order asking Igbo in the north to leave or face eviction on October 1 has renewed the statement just going on now opposing President Muhammadu Buhari on the non-negotiable unity of Nigeria.

In Gombe right now where the North East Zone is holding its town hall meeting, Yerima Shettima, the author of the eviction order and leader of the group reiterated the position of the group on Biafra agitation.  (The Sun)

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Quit Notice: Again, Gov. Shettima Meets Northern Elders, Arewa Youths Coalition


Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima

Northern governors represented by Governor of Borno State and Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Kashim Shettima yesterday met with a group of Northern elders and key leaders of the Coalition of Arewa Groups in a closed door meeting that lasted four hours.

The meeting was held to persuade the coalition to withdraw the quit notice handed Igbo to vacate the region which elapses on October 1.
“The meeting, which is the third since July was at the instance of some northern governors who mandated Shettima to engage the coalition with a view to preventing possible outbreak of violence in the event hoodlums take advantage of the quit notice to perpetuate violence by the time the ultimatum expires on October 1st,” Shettima’s spokesman, Isa Gusau said in an emailed statement.
The meeting which began at about 2:30 pm lasted till 6:30 pm at the Borno Governor’s lodge in Asokoro, Abuja
The meeting was attended by members of the Northern Elders Forum: Professor Ango Abdullahi, Alhaji Sani Zango Daura, Air Marshall Al-Amin Daggash, AVM Mukhtar Mohammed, Professor Yima Sen and Dr Hakeem Baba Ahmed who represented the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation. Key leaders of the Coalition of Arewa groups, Yerima Shettima, Ashir Sherrif, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, Aminu Adam, Balarabe Rufai and leaders of other groups in the coalition also attended.
“The meeting ended on a positive note while the Arewa coalition is expected to meet members of the AbdulSalami Abubakar led National Peace Committee who invited them for a meeting,” Gusau added.
The Governor has held three separate meetings with leaders of the Arewa coalition in Kaduna, Abuja and Maiduguri before yesterday’s meeting that included elders.
The Arewa coalition is expected to make its decision public at a date to be determined by members of the coalition.       (The Sun)

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