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Do Not Travel To South-West For Now – Arewa Youths Tell Northerners


Northern Youths Council of Nigeria, NYCN, has expressed
concerns on the alleged constant attacks against
northerners, especially the recent attack in Sasha market of
Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State which led to
loss of lives and destruction of property, advising
northerners not to take the risk of travelling to the South
West for now.
A statement from its spokesman, Mock Kure, observed
that, “The attention of the Northern Youths Council of
Nigeria has been drawn to the ongoing Carnage against
Northerners, particularly in Sasha Market of Akinyele Local
Government, Oyo State, South West Nigeria wherein so
many lives were either killed or injured, business premises
and vehicles were burnt by Yoruba hoodlums.
“We wish to condemn such an attack in the strongest
terms possible and call on security agents to arrest the
perpetrators so as to serve as deterrent to would be
hoodlums.”
The Arewa youths noted that the hidden agenda to expel
northerners in that segment of the country started with the
call on all herdsmen (Not criminal elements) by the
Governor of Ondo State, His Excellency, Rotimi Akeredolu,
to leave all State controlled Forests Reserves.
It explained that this led to the sudden emergence of one
Sunday Igboho, a well known motor park tout as the
Enforcer-In-Chief of the hidden but now open agenda in far
away Oyo State.
The youths noted, “The eviction orders violate the
provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of
Nigeria (1999 as amended) which guarantees freedom of
movement to all citizens and rights to own movable and
unmovable properties in any part of the country.”
The statement noted that in his effort to defend the laws of
the country, the Inspector General of Police gave instruction
to his subordinates in the region to arrest and bring the said
Sunday to Abuja, saying that the arm of the law has proven
to be weak and helpless as the said wanted person has
been going about dishing out fresh quit notices to law-
abiding citizens and enforcing same in many States of the
region.
“We believe strongly that the inability of the government at
all levels to tame the lawless wings of Sunday Igboho and
his co-travellers has led to the emergence of his variants,
hence, the renewed attacks on settled business people and
many others that can’t speak Yoruba at Sasha Market,” the
statement explained.
The youth called on the federal government to declare
Sunday Igboho’s group a terrorist organization as he is not
different from Boko Haram.
They called on the Northern Governor’s Forum under the
leadership of Barr Simon Bako Lalong to rally his
colleagues to begin to evacuate their brothers that are
trapped in the Southwest and other troubled spots in
Southern Nigeria since the governments in those regions
have proven to be helpless or tacitly complicit in the
ceaseless attacks ”on our people.”
The statement observed that the Northern Youths continue
to maintain maximum restraints despite the unjustifiable
and unprovoked attacks on their people pending when
government would exhaust all its cards.
It enjoined the National Emergency Management Agency
(NEMA) to mobilize resources to the market to ameliorate
the sufferings of those who lost their means of livelihood to
the carnage.
The Arewa youths urged the federal government to
adequately compensate those who lost loved ones and
property to the crisis.
The Arewa youths also enjoined Northerners to desist from
travelling to South West Nigeria as signals from the region
remain awful, pending when the government would prove
that it is now safe to travel to that region.
The statement urged Nigerians with conscience to
condemn such attacks and other planned attacks, saying
that together, good shall triumph over evil.

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