Northern youths and Igbos are currently holding a peace meeting in Kano.Both parties at the meeting are working to form a committee to bring to an end the lingering agitation between the Igbos and the northern groups.
The meeting follows the quit notice giving to Igbos in the North by Arewa youths in reactions to the agitation for secession in the South East.
Representatives of Igbos 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 Igbos 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.”
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 Igbos during the Kaduna declaration.
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