Coalition of Northern Groups Withdraw Quit Notice to Igbo
The October 1 quit notice given to the Igbo residents in the northern part of Nigeria has been withdrawn by the Coalition of Northern Groups.
Leaders of the group unanimously announced the withdrawal in Abuja, Federal Capital territory, Thursday at a press conference.
“Most significance was our correspondence with the then Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and most recently our interface with the Presidency through the Special Assistant to the President on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojudu.
“As a consequence of these vigorous engagements and as a cultured people with a tradition of respect for our nation’s 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,” one of the members of the Northern Emancipation Network, Alhaji Abdul-Azeez Suleiman told newsmen.
Suleiman said that the suspension was as a result of the respect the group had for a “united, peaceful and prosperous Nigeria.”
The message was signed by leaders of the 14 groups, including the Leader of Arewa Youths Council, Alhaji Shettima Yerima, who read the Kaduna Declaration, where the quit notice was given.
The group however said it would petition the United Nations and the call on the Federal Government to appropriately sanction the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and his immediate arrest.
It promised to “remain available for further interaction with other groups including those from the South-East with a view to building a greater united Nigeria.”
Earlier, members of the group met with the Governor of Borno State, who is also the Chairman of Northern Governors’ Forum, Mallam Ibrahim Shetima and a former Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Kabiru Gaya.
In his brief speech, Governor Shettima commended the group for suspending the quit notice order, “we are here to ensure that the quit notice was publicly withdrawn the same way it was made publicly.”
Shettima said the concern of the northern governors was to prevent people from hiding under the notice to harm other Nigerians.
“I am proud of Nigerians and I am also proud of the Igbo,” he said.
Also present are ex-minister Sani Daura and the Leader of Arewa Youths Council, Alhaji Shettima Yerima and a Nollywood Actor, Kenneth Okonkwo.