Arewa, Yoruba, Igbo groups, others demand national youth confab

A coalition of ethnic groups in the country has called on the Federal Government to urgently convoke a national youth conference, which will have the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, in attendance.

They said the conference would provide the Acting President an opportunity to hear directly the grievances of the youths, stressing that it would also calm frayed nerves and restore the country to the path of unity.

In a communiqué issued in Jos on Friday, they called for a ceasefire among the various youth groups in the country, saying demands for secession would do more harm to the country.

This is sequel to the tension generated by the three months’ eviction notice given by Arewa youths to Igbo people to leave the 19 northern states before October 1, 2017. The group noted that the constitution of Nigeria guarantees Nigerians the right to live in any part of the country.

While calling for an end to verbal attacks, the group also condemned the quit notice.

The communiqué was signed by the President, Yoruba Youths Council Worldwide, Eric Oluwole; Emma Zompal for Middle Belt Youth Council Worldwide; Okechukwu Isiguzoro for Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council; Oweilaemi Ereotubo for Ijaw Youths Council; and Musa Abdulahi for Arewa Northern Youths Assembly.

According to the groups, their resolve to toe the path of peace was premised on the intervention of former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi.

The communiqué partly read, “We are still insisting on the restructuring of the country so as to guarantee an equitable federalism for peaceful co-existence. For the collective interest of Nigeria, we are calling for a ceasefire among all the aggrieved youth groups in the country. Pushing this matter too far has grave implication for Nigeria and by extension, the youth.

“The youth hereby resolve that there will be a National Youth Confab in July in order to address fundamental problems confronting our dear country. Date and venue will be communicated in due course.”

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