Time, money and patiency, they say, have a large heart to accommodate everything. Thus, three years after, the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has tendered an apology to the Igbo over their 2017 eject order they issued to the Igbo living in the north.
Tendering the apology yesterday in Owerri to the leader of Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) Mr. Ralph Uwazuluike, the group led by its National President, Alhaji Shettima Yerima, said that they came to sue for peace between the Igbo and Northerners.
”Some elements were working against the unity of Igbo in the North, that was why we issued the quit order, but now we want to prove to the world that the two races are still together,” Alh. Yerima declared.
He said that the group (Arewa) regretted the inconveniences the quit notice caused the Igbo living in the North at that material time. According to him, the intention of giving the quit notice, however, was to expose corrupt Igbo leaders and not to instigate crisis between the two ethnic groups. He then promised that AYCF would protect the interest and security of the Igbo in the North.
”We came to preach peace and unity and peaceful coexistence between the Igbo and Northerners because we see everybody in the country as one. Our earlier position on Igboin the North is regretted. We are now suing for peace that will usher in peaceful coexistence and we guarantee security of Igbo in the North,” Alh. Yerima said.
In his response, the host, Chief Uwazuluike commended Alh. Yerima and his team for the bold step they took to sue for peace. He said that MASSOB would ensure that Northerners are not harassed or intimidated in Imo State and warned that any attack on the Northerners in the State would be repealed.
It will be recalled that in June 6, 2017, a coalition of Northern youth groups issued the quit notice to the Igbo resident in the northern Nigeria to leave the place latest October 1, 2017.
The coalition chairman Nastura Shariff said that they wrote to the United Nations (UN) on the alleged violent activities of the leader of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, urging the UN to declare him a terrorist. Both the Federal Government and well meaning Nigerians condemned the alleged quit notice in strong terms before it was vacated.