- Shettima Yerima, the leader of the Arewa Youths has reacted to allegations that he had gone into hiding
- The spokesman for the coalition of northern groups said he's ready to turn himself in for arrest
- The AYCF leader maintained that the Igbos should leave Nigeria and declare their own country
Shettima Yerima, the leader of the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF), that issued a quit notice to Igbos said he's ready to turn himself in for arrest if need be.
NAIJ.com gathered that Yerima stated this in reaction to allegations that he had gone into hiding in the Republic of Chad.
Yerima speaking in an interview with The Punch said: “I did not go into hiding and will never go into hiding. We need to put the record straight. For now, nobody is looking for me and I am ready to submit myself if I am called. I am not a joker.
Nobody is looking for me and I am not hiding anywhere from anybody. I am in my village, I am a Nigerian. If anybody looks for me, I will submit myself. I am not above the law. I am not on the run.
“Why should I go into hiding? I have a name, I have a face. I am not faceless.
“I am not hiding anywhere. Why should I hide? Where did I go wrong? Somebody wants to go and I said, ‘go, you’re free to go’. What is wrong about it?"
The AYCF leader while insisting that he would not go into hiding, maintained that the Igbos should leave Nigeria.
He said: “You cannot be in our country and begin to clamour for another country. Go to your place and declare your own country, not in my zone. It is a simple language. I have not committed any offence.”
Earlier, NAIJ.com reported that youths from northern parts of Nigeria wrote a letter to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, begging him to allow Igbos to secede from Nigeria and create Biafra.
This was contained in a letter by a coalition of Northern youths to the acting president signed by Ambassador Shettima Yerima, Joshua Viashman, Aminu Adam, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman and Nastura Ashir Sharif.
In the letter, the northern youths contended that the principle of self-determination has since world war II become a part of the United Nations Charter, which states in Article 1(2) that one of the purposes of the UN is “to develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples”.
Watch the video of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo talking about Biafra: