The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has asked northern governors to close shops belonging to persons from the South East that are shut in obedience to the sit-at-home order issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Rejecting the recent call by the IPOB on people from the South West, Middle Belt and Igbos across the globe to join its sit-at-home campaign, the AYCF warned that no part of the north should be a party to “a deliberate, politically-motivated plan to undermine or worsen the nation’s current security challenges.”
AYCF made this known in a statement by its National President, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, in Kaduna on Monday,
The group said that “The North has come a long way in understanding the use of constitutional and democratic means of channelling legitimate grievances, and cannot, therefore, be a party to any undemocratic move”.
Suggesting that it appears that the governors of the South-East are satisfied with the activities of IPOB, the group warned IPOB not to export the sit-at-home order to the North.
The group said, “We hope they will continue with the sit-at-home for another ten years and we wish them the very best of luck. We know the southeast is IPOB’s home but exporting their activities to the north will be faced with massive resistance from all lovers of peace in the north.
“We call on Northern Governors to step up action in order to ensure this outlawed terror gang called IPOB does not infiltrate the region. We also expect the governors to ensure that any northerner who shuts down his shop in solidarity with IPOB, that shop should be sealed forever.
“And for the avoidance of doubt, we will not fold our arms and watch the north get further destabilized by a violent strategy, whether in Kogi, Benue, Plateau, Niger or any state in northern Nigeria because our hands are already full with challenges of insecurity and we are praying fervently day and night to find lasting peace”.
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