Supporters of the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Ge. Muhammadu Buhari (retd) in the southern part of Nigeria have been put on notice of an impending attack by Ijaw youths.
The youths on Sunday said that they would unleash mayhem on Buhari’s supporters in the South if President Goodluck Jonathan’s loyalists in the North come under any form of attack.
Speaking under the aegis of Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, the youths said the decision to attack Buhari’s supporters came on the heels of media reports that that some persons in the North had resorted to sending open threat messages to pro-Jonathan governors and other supporters ahead of the 2015 presidential election.
In a statement by the IYC spokesperson, Mr. Eric Omare, the youths said, “All Nigerians irrespective of his or her place of origin has a right to contest for the presidency of Nigeria and Nigerians have a right to support any candidate of their choice without molestation.
“It would be recalled that hundreds of Nigerians, especially NYSC members were killed and properties worth millions of naira destroyed in the aftermath of the 2011 elections as a result of similar undemocratic disposition of some elements in the North.
“We of southern Nigeria have not at any time threatened or attacked supporters of General Buhari; hence any threat or attack on supporters of President Jonathan in the north would be visited with proportionate action from us in the south.
“Governors Amaechi, (Rochas) Okorocha and (Adams) Oshiomole; Timipre Silva, John Oyegun, Bola Tinubu and other supporters of General Buhari in southern Nigeria are going about their campaigns without any molestation from southerners.
“Enough is enough for those who promised and are making northern Nigeria ungovernable for President Jonathan. If they want their own country, let them say so as we can no longer accept the ‘Extreme North Must Rule’ mentality of some northerners”.