The Coalition of Arewa Youth Development Foundations (AYDF) has said it is planning a meeting aimed at mounting pressure on Igbos residing or carrying out business in any part of the North to relocate to the South-east and all Northerners residing in the South-east should return back to the north, and they have two weeks to comply.
The coalition of Northern youths explained that its action is necessitated by the renewed threat of secession by Igbo secessionist group which is being backed by some of their governments and leaders by humiliating and harassing petty Northern traders and others residents in the South-east.
The Coalition also urged the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) to as a matter of urgency act quickly by taking a position on the humiliation of northerners in the hands of Igbo Biafra in parts of the South-east geo-political zone and their governments.
The group, in a letter jointly signed by Barr. Aliyu Usman of AYDF, Hon. Aminu Adams Arewa Citizens Action for Change(ACAC) Bridget Cantiop Yahya Northern Emancipation Network (NEN), Comrade Yusuf Muhammed of Arewa Students Forum (ASF) and Terkular J.Bishama. Of Arewa Youth vanguard (AYV), and made available to newsmen in Kaduna, said towards this end, it would soon convey a meeting of all northern youth groups in Kano to review the commitment of Northern leaders and actions on their previous communication in respect of the agitation by the Igbos.
“On the 16th of July 2014, a coalition of over 50 northern youth groups matched to the palace of the Emir of Kano under the aegis of Arewa Youth Development Foundation and submitted a position paper in reaction to the humiliation of northerners in the East by the Igbo Biafras and their state governments,” the statement noted.