Posted by News Express | 5 August 2017 | 2,808 times
Northern youths and Igbo on Friday began a peace meeting in Kano.
Both parties are working to form a committee to bring to an end the lingering agitation between the Igbo and the northern groups.
The meeting follows the quit notice giving to the Igbo in the North by Arewa youth in reactions to the agitation for secession in the South East.
Representatives of the Igbo in all northern states are at the meeting along with leaders of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF).
President of the AYCF, Yerima Shettima blamed the quit notice on the activities of Nnamdi Kanu and his supporters.
He said: “It is on record that we have been at peace with the Igbo for decades until when this young man (Kanu) came demanding war, demanding arms. In the struggle, he is a small boy, but we want peace.”
According to the Igbo leaders, both youths have the right to be angry due to the lack of employment in Nigeria.
They, however, warned that both Igbo and Northern youth should avoid trying to fix the country through violence.
“Anyone championing the division of Nigeria will never go anywhere,” the Eze Ndi Igbo, Kano, Boniface Ibekwe, said.
“We cannot allow someone to divide us. Even if you are angry, we must find a way to end this. And the sooner we end it, the better it becomes for both of us," Eze Ibekwe admonished.
The meeting had started in a tensed atmosphere but after arguments and counter-arguments, the talks have taken a positive turn.
There are strong indications that the Northern coalition groups may suspend quit notice given to the Igbo during the Kaduna declaration. (Channels TV)
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