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The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (ACF) has said its quit notice to Igbo people resident in the northern still stands.

The youth had asked Igbos in the north to leave before October 1.

Chairman of the forum, Shettima Yerima while speaking with journalists on Thursday said Igbos who are willing to remain in the north are welcome, stating that the order still stands.

“We stand by our notice to Igbo but those who are interested in Nigeria can stay. But for those who are not interested, you can go,” he said.

“Our mission is for peace; the unity of Nigeria is being threatened by the current agitation from the Igbo and we want to make sure that those who are interested in Nigeria stay but those who are not interested should go.

“The purpose of town hall meeting in Kano is to review the early stand took and we are collecting views of people here from the north-west. We will also move to north-central and north-east on whether to maintain our position or reconsider it.

“We don’t have the right to force the people to go. So, we are using peaceful means because don’t have police and army.”

Nastura Ashir, chairman of the Coalition of Northern Groups, said the northern youth had notified the United Nations of their mission for a united Nigeria.

Ashir said evidence of the alleged atrocities of Kanu had also been sent to the UN.

“The attitude of the IPOB leader is worrisome because of the future of this nation… it creates a serious disaffection to northerners.”

www.sojworld.com (c) August 3, 2017.

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