Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, a coalition of northern youth groups, that gave Igbos in Northern Nigeria quit notice, to leave the region before or on October 1, 2017, has soft peddled.
The forum announced suspension of the quit notice on Thursday at a press briefing at the Transcorp Hotel in Abuja.
In withdrawing the quit notice, the group said it took into consideration interventions by well meaning Nigerians.
Before the announcement was made, the group members had 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
Also in attendance at the meeting were ex-Minister, Sani Daura and the leader of Arewa Youths Council, Alhaji Shetim Yerima and a Nollywood Actor, Kenneth Okonkwo.
The coalition of socio-political groups of northern extraction had on June 7 issued a three months ultimatum for all Igbos in the 19 northern states to vacate the region.
If the Igbos fail to leave by the October 1, 2017, the group said, it would use force to evict them.
The group also threatened to take over all the landed properties of the Igbos after they had left the region.
Though the group did not specifically say how it intended to carry out its threat, it had said not even the Arewa Consultative Forum or the Northern Elders Forum would prevent it from carrying out its threat.
At a press conference in Kaduna, the AYCF officials led by the group’s National President, Yerima Shettima, claimed that a successful sit-at-home protest organised by Igbo groups, was a threat to the country’s national security.
The sit-at-home was organised by two pro-Biafra groups, IPOB and MASSOB, in remembrance of the Biafra secessionist war that led to the death of about three million people.
But the AYCF said they would not tolerate such action hence the issuance of the three months ultimatum for the Igbos to leave.
“We are also telling our brothers (northerners) out there in the South-East to get prepared to come back home,” the National President of AYCF, Yerima Shettima, said at a press conference in Kaduna.