Quit no­tice: Kano meet­ing ends in dead­lock

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Yusha’u A. Ibrahim, Kano

A meet­ing be­tween North­ern youth lead­ers and Igbo com­mu­ni­ties in the 19 north­ern states con­vened to find a com­mon stand over the Oc­to­ber 1, 2017 quit no­tice is­sued to Igbo peo­ple to va­cate the North has ended in a dead­lock.

Last Fri­day, lead­ers of Igbo com­mu­ni­ties in the 19 north­ern states and their coun­ter­parts of the Coali­tion of North­ern Groups formed a 10-man com­mit­tee and gave it a dead­line of yes­ter­day to come up with a last­ing so­lu­tion to the Oc­to­ber 1 quit no­tice.

How­ever, a state­ment jointly signed by the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the two groups and the con­vener, Chief Chikezie Nwogu (for Igbo com­mu­ni­ties), Al­haji Dauda Shamak­eri (For North­ern Youth) and Com­rade Isa Ti­j­jani (Con­vener), re­vealed that the meet­ing was post­poned till Au­gust 17, 2017.

“The com­mit­tee sat and de­lib­er­ated ex­ten­sively and agreed that there is need for fur­ther con­sul­ta­tions from both sides. Ac­cord­ingly, the meet­ing ad­journed to re­con­vene in the next 10 days,” the state­ment said.

A source in the meet­ing con­fided in Daily Trust that the post­pone­ment was ne­ces­si­tated by the com­mit­tee’s in­abil­ity to come up with a com­mon ground.

“We failed to un­der­stand each other. Though the mat­ter was dis­cussed at length, both sides failed to agree on a com­mon de­ci­sion,” the source said.

The Coali­tion of North­ern Groups in a state­ment signed by its spokesper­son, Ab­du­lazeez Su­laiman, said the group had slated Mon­day, Au­gust 14, 2017 for an in­ter­na­tional press con­fer­ence.

The state­ment said how­ever that the Kano meet­ing was a huge suc­cess con­sid­er­ing the range of is­sues dis­cussed and the cal­iber of peo­ple who at­tended.

“We opened a di­a­logue with the lead­er­ship of the Igbo com­mu­ni­ties in 19 north­ern states which was fa­cil­i­tated by the Depart­ment of State Se­cu­rity Ser­vice, the Po­lice and sup­ported by the state gov­ern­ment,” the state­ment said.

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