Shettima Yerima

Alhaji Shettima Yerima, leader, of the Coalition of Northern Group (CNG), has claimed that the October 1 quit notice issued by Arewa youths to Igbos residing in the north had the backing of prominent leaders of the region.

He made this disclosure in Lafia, during the zonal meeting of the Coalition in Nasarawa.

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He explained that in June 2017, a group of prominent northern leaders met with members of Arewa youths to take the position.

“On June 6, 2017, a group of leaders from the north came together to deliberate on the situation in the country.

“After their deliberation, we realised the need to make a statement on the activities of the Biafra agitators in the country”‎, he said.

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As the deadline draws closer, he said the group would soon meet to take a stand on the next line of action.

He said the Kaduna declaration was in response to the Biafra agitation.

“We cannot fold our hands to watch an individual hold this country to ransom.

“We can’t allow an individual insult our leaders and play over our sensibilities,” he said.

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He said the quit notice was a signal to Kanu and his group that Nigeria cannot be undermined by a single individual, even as he described Kanu as a frustrated human being seeking political relevance.

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