- Leader of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum said the group is still not backing out on the quit notice issues to Igbos living in the North
- The group leader, Yerima Shettima, said the group would lobby members of National Assembly to grant referendum to Biafra
- He said he is sure that Igbos will disappoint members of IPOB and their leader, Nnamdi Kanu
Leader of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), Yerima Shettima, has said the group will start planning on how to lobby the members of National Assembly to grant referendum to Biafra.
Shettima, while speaking with Punch Newspaper, said he is sure the Igbos will not go with Nnamdi Kanu and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Shettima said: "We have made it abundantly clear that we would not enforce anything. We are not the government and we do not have the power to enforce anything, but we are using legal means because the issue is about Nnamdi Kanu who is heaping abuses on our people and undermining the government.
“We are saying the government must rise to the occasion and checkmate the guy. We may review our position after our consultations , but we mean no harm, we won ’t harass innocent Nigerians, no. It is not in our power to do so.
“The truth is that Biafra cannot succeed even through a referendum. The truth of the matter is that an average Igbo man does not believe in Biafra but rather some few individuals are clamouring for it just to survive.
“When the referendum holds, it would not favour Biafra. It will not favour Kanu. He cannot speak for strong intellectuals like Chief Emeka Anyaoku and other Igbo intellectuals.”
Shettima said he is sure that an average Igbo in Nigeria has no desire for Biafra and will no support the agitation for secession.
He said: “Most of those funding the Biafra agitations are Nigerians in foreign lands who have lost relevance. They want to come back home. They want to be more relevant because they are not relevant at all.
“Kanu is using their psyche assuring them that there would be a new Republic of Biafra. We are doing what we are doing to expose them to the international community that these guys are just jokers and that they are not speaking for the Igbo.
“The real Igbo who want to stay in Nigeria are more than 80 per cent and he cannot in any way speak for them . Through a referendum, you would get to know that truly, more Igbo believe in Nigeria."
PAY ATTENTION: Read the news on Nigeria’s #1 news app
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that a panel to look into ways for reconciliation has been formed following a meeting of Northern youths and Igbo representatives in Kano state on Friday, August 4.
The panel was given 72 hours to produce an acceptable position on the quit notice.
The five members of the committee representing the Igbo are Boniface Ibekwe, Chi Nwogu, Chris Nnoli, Ngozi Nwaiwe and Magnus Ihejirika.
While the northern representatives are Abdullahi Utoro, Abba Bukar, Dauda Shamakari and Ado Mohammed.
Watch NAIJ.com video Nigerians choosing what they want between secession or restructuring Nigeria: