The Federal Government has said Arewa youth who issued quit notice to Igbos have not been arrested because they claimed to have been misquoted.
Some northern youth had asked Igbos in the region to leave before October 1.
While speaking at a press briefing on Friday, August 11, the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau minister said the youth had denied making any inciting comment.
Dambazau said the youths had also told Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and the Department of State Services (DSS) that their statement was misquoted.
“They (the youth) later claimed the media quoted them out of context. I am very much aware that the DSS invited all of them, held a meeting with them to which they made a statement to the effect that what was reported in the media was not what they said,” the minister said.
“They further wrote to the acting president indicating that they did not make inciting statement as to the issue of violence or forceful ejection of the Igbos in the north. However, it was on the basis of that, the northern elders called them to also reaffirm from them that what was reported was not exactly what they meant.
“Secondly, it is on this basis that I am answering the question, but it is something that the Kaduna State government is handling since that is where it happened. I want to think that it was on that basis that the arrest was not made.
“Again, there have been several efforts to dialogue between the northern youths and the Igbo youths. Several of such meetings have been held including the reported one that (ended in a) stalemate about one week ago but my understanding is that these various groups are sitting down among themselves to reach an understanding.
“More importantly, government gave assurance when the Acting President met with leadership from various parts of the country that nothing is going to happen to any person. Government has assured that everybody should stay and continue with their normal businesses.”
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