As a result of the October 1st ultimatum given by the Arewa youths to Igbos living in the northern part of the country, Northern youths and the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youths Council, this weekend met in order to come to a common course for peaceful co-existence of various groups in all parts of the country.
The northern coalition has said it has begun the process of reviewing its earlier demands asking the Igbo to quit, but said it would not back down on its petition to the United Nations asking it to intervene in the affairs of the nation. It also insisted that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, be punished for the damage done to the psyche of Nigerians.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the meeting in Abuja, chairman of the Coalition of Northern Youths, Yerima Shettima, who commended the move, said the peace meeting between the two groups led to the formation of a six-member committee, which will facilitate another meeting in the South-East.
Shettima also said, “Leaving Nnamdi Kanu to go unpunished is totally unacceptable to us because he has so far done much damage on our psyche and our nation.
“So, for us, we think the best we can do is to internationalize this struggle. Behind the background of what we are doing today, most likely in the event of anything falling short of what we agreed, of course, we are already in the UN reporting this same character. That does not stop us from discussing to arrive at a particular conclusion where we can have peace in the country. “On our previous position, we have not officially withdrawn the quit notice given to the Igbo in the North but we said it few days ago that we will review our position and part of that steps is what we are taking now.”