Leaders of Northern youth groups, who issued a threat to Igbo to quit the north, have reportedly gone into hiding. Those behind the declaration on Igbo expulsion from the region are Nastura Ashir Sharif, Arewa Citizens Action For Change; ShettimaYerima, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum; Aminu Adam, Arewa Youth Development Foundation: Alfred Solomon, Arewa Students Forum; Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, Northern Emancipation Network; Joshua Viashman, Northern Youth Vanguard, Mohammad A. Mohammad, Northern Youth Stakeholders Forum; Mohammed Tasiu Pantami, North East Assembly and Nathaniel Ajegena Adigizi, North Central Peoples Front.
According to Daily Trust, the youth leaders can’t no longer be located. Many of them live outside the state but had converge on Arewa House to make the controversial declaration.
Abdulazeez Suleiman, spokesman for the coalition, allegedly said he and his colleagues ‘went low’ after the order for their arrest, saying ‘that is natural’.
Abdualazeez said it was myopic for anybody to think that they were being protected by some northern political leaders when “it is the same northern establishment that is fighting us”.
Suleiman, who led a pro-Goodluck Jonathan campaign group in 2015, is said to have cut off from such political gatherings for now.
“We are not collaborating with any big politician from the North. We are Nigerians who are fed up with this daily agitation, and that is why the support is overwhelming,” he added.