NEWS: Northern Youth Leaders Forum dissociates self from ultimatum on Igbo

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The Northern Youth Leaders Forum has dissociated itself from the call allegedly made by some youth organisations from the North for Igbo residents to quit the region on or before October 1, 2017.
The National Chairman of the Forum, Comrade Eliot Afiyo, who addressed journalists at Iwe Iroyin, Oke Ilewo, Abeokuta, on Wednesday said the ethnic groups in the country needed one another for peaceful coexistence.
It will be recalled that the Coalition of Northern Youths had given the Igbos three months quit notice, also asking northerners residing in the South Eastern States to leave the region and return to their respective states on or before October 1st.
The coalition had anchored their case on the sit-at- home directive by the Indigenous People of Biafra on the Igbos last week, which was heeded.
Afiyo said the Forum did not support any form of disintegration but called for restructuring in the overall interest of the country.

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Afiyo explained that fifth columnists who were hellbent at destabilising the present administration and the peace of the country were at work.
He said, “I want to clear it here that only two out of these organisations that gave this ultimatum are existing. The remaining organisations were sponsored by few elite trying to destabilise the government.
“I will say corrupt elite who the government is trying to recover some looted funds from are behind this.
“If they are really a recognised and acceptable group like the IPOB, the best they could have come up with is to also call similar stay at
home directive and see how popular they are.
Afiyo said many of the groups which made the call were not known to the NYLF which he described as the umbrella body of the 42 Northern organisations.
He had alleged that the call was being sponsored by some corrupt people who were feeling the heat of the ongoing anti- corruption war.
He said the NYLF would not support any move aimed at breaking up Nigeria.
He said, “The position of the Northern Youth Leaders’ Forum is that we do not support any move capable of breaking Nigeria.
“Biafra cannot survive without the northerners, while the Arewa cannot survive without the Yorubas.
“I want let our Igbo brothers know that we love them and we need them and they should ignore the ultimatum as it did not emanate from the real and recognised leadership of Northern youths.”
Afiyo, however, called on the federal government to step up its ongoing consultations with leaders of the various regions of the country with a view to addressing agitations from such areas.

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