- Kashim Shettima, governor of Borno state was said to have mounted pressure on the coalition to publicly withdraw the quit notice given to Igbo living in north
- Shettima engaged the coalition with a view to preventing possible outbreak of violence in Nigeria
- The governor had held two separate meetings with the leaders in Kaduna and Abuja in July
Kashim Shettima, governor of Borno state on Wednesday, August 16, met with a group of Northern elders and Arewa coalition leaders over the October 1 quit notice giving to Igbos living in the north.
Reports have it that the meeting was held in Borno governor’s lodge in Asokoro, Abuja behind closed doors and lasted for about 3hours.
NAIJ.com gathered this in a statement signed by Shettima’s spokesman, Isa Gusau that Arewa coalition had made a move to ensure the withdrawal of quit notice.
''The meeting, which is the third since July was at the instance of some Northern governors who mandated Shettima to engage the coalition with a view to preventing possible outbreak of violence in the event hoodlums take advantage of quit notice to perpetuate violence by the time the ultimatum expires on October 1.
''The meeting was attended by members of the Northern elders forum: Professor Ango Abdullahi, Alhaji Sani Zango Daura, Air Marshall Al-Amin Daggash, AVM Mukhtar Mohammed, Professor Yima Sen and Dr Hakeem Baba Ahmed who represented the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation.
''Key leaders of the coalition of Arewa groups, Yerima Shettima, Ashir Sherrif, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, Aminu Adam, Balarabe Rufai and leaders of other groups in the coalition all attended.
''The meeting ended on positive note while the Arewa coalition is expected to meet members of the AbdulSalami Abubakar led National Peace Committee who invited them for a meeting''.
The leaders offered far reaching suggestions which they requested Governor Shettima to convey to his colleagues in the northern Governors Forum.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Nzuko Umunna, a leader Igbo socio-cultural group started gathering signatures in a petition written to President Muhammadu Buhari and acting president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
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