The Coalition of Northern Groups, which asked the Igbos to leave the North by October 1, has withdrawn the quit notice. It however asked the Federal Government to arrest the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu. While labeling IPOB as a terror outfit, Arewa says the time has come to curtail their excesses.
The withdrawal of the quit notice, was announced yesterday at a news conference attended by Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima. The coalition’s spokesman, Abdulaziz Suleiman, said the group took the decision in view of its members’ interest in a united and peaceful Nigeria. Arewa however said it would continue to pursue its other demands up to the United Nations.
The group also urged the Federal Government to allow Igbo to hold a referendum to determine their future in view of the fact that the population of the Igbo that supports Biafra is far larger than the few who appear to be against it.
It said failure to do that will only douse this tension temporarily while they regroup to prepare for the war they have always craved and openly called for.