Irked by the continued protests by pro-Biafra youths in the South East, northern youths under the aegis of Arewa Youth Forum, AYF, have warned those behind the criminal agitation for Biafra to desist from it and allow Nigeria to remain in peace and find solutions to the numerous challenges bedeviling her.
The AYF in a statement by its National President, Alhaji Gambo Gujungu, said it was highly disappointed by the heinous move by some selfish elements to cause avoidable crisis in the country.
While calling on the pro-Biafra youths under the aegis of Indigenous People Of Biafra and Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, to retrace their steps forthwith, the forum called on the Federal Government to take immediate steps to quell any move by any group or individual to dismember Nigeria under any guise.
Gujungu advised the government of the day not to remain complacent to the threat posed by the pro-Biafra agitators, recalling that it was complacency on the part of the previous administration that allowed Boko Haram insurgency to fester when it should have been crushed immediately it started, as provided under the law.
AYF said: “We are worried by the situation in the South East of the country where some youths have taken to the street protesting perceived marginalisation of their zone and demanding a state of Biafra.
“As the umbrella body of all northern youths we want to condemn the development in its entirety, as we do know that it is being carried out in bad faith.
“We want to reiterate that we are apostles of one indivisible Nigeria and will continue to work across the length and breadth of the country to engender peace, unity and progress for all Nigerians irrespective of tribe, religion and region.
“It is because of this that we are calling on all Nigerians to remain anywhere they are in the country. We specifically call on our brothers and sisters from the south east to remain anywhere they are in the north as they will be adequately protected and we will make sure that nothing happens to them.
“We also want to call on the President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal government to act immediately and stop any move that will lead to the breakdown of law and order under control before it escalate.
“This is because it is still fresh in the mind of many Nigerians that it is the inability of the government then to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency and nip it in the bud that has caused the situation to deteriorate to this level”, the northern youths said.