The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) yesterday tendered apologies to Ndigbo over their earlier eject order. This is coming three years after a quit notice order was issued to Igbo in the northern part of the country.
The National President of the group, Alhaji Shettima Yerima tendered the apology when he led a group of Northern youth leaders on a visit to Ralph Uwazuruike, leader of Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Biafran Independent Movement (BIM) in Owerri on Friday.
Yerima said he came to sue for peace among the Igbo and Northerners, so that the two tribes can live in harmony anywhere in the country and explained further on the quit notice, saying the group regretted the inconveniences the order caused the Igbo living in the North during the period.
He however revealed that the intention of the quit notice was to expose corrupt Igbo leaders and not to instigate crises among the two ethnic groups. Yerima said henceforth, AYCF would protect the interest and security of the Igbo in the North.
“Some elements are working against the unity of Igbo in the North that is why we issued the quit order, but now we want to prove to the world that the two races are still together.
“I came to preach peace and unity and peaceful coexistence between the Igbo and Northerners because we see everybody in the country as one.
“Our earlier position on Igbo in the North is regretted, we are suing for peace that will usher in peaceful coexistence and I guarantee security of Igbo in the North.