Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has explained that he attended the press conference in which the coalition of northern youths withdrew the quit notice earlier issued to Igbos to vacate the region before October 1 because he wanted to ensure the quit notice was withdrawn.
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had accused the Governor and northern political leaders of tacitly supporting the vacate order by attending the press conference.
Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, said on Friday that the presence of the Governor and serving Senator in the conference was a testimony that the youths enjoyed their blessing
Powerful said: “The presence of a serving Governor and Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria during the supposed press briefing confirms what we have always known that the incitement to genocide, which is what the ‘quit notice’ is all about, has the blessing of the Arewa political class”.
But Shettima said his series of dialogue with the group was based on the mandate given to him by the majority of northern Governors who wanted a peaceful resolution of the issue.
He said, “We are here principally as a pressure group to support the reverse position taken by the Coalition of Arewa Youths. We are here to politely but meticulously ensure that this press conference holds as planned and to politely monitor and ensure that the quit notice was publicly withdrawn the same way it was publicly declared in June.”