The leadership of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has reacted over the alleged attacks on Northerners in the western part of the country.
The AYC also demanded for the reversal of the quit notice order issued by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State to herdsmen.
Also, an Ibadan based youth leader, Sunday Igboho, issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Fulani community in Igangan, Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State, over an allegation that they were responsible for the rising insecurity and kidnapping in the area.
Reacting to the situation the President of the AYC, Shettima Yerima, described the destruction of property of herders in Oyo as not only worrisome by also disturbing.
“Let it be known that the constitution of Nigeria guarantees every Nigerian to live in any part of this country and free to engage in any legitimate business of his or her choice, the Governor of Ondo State being a learned person is expected to know better.
“AYCF will not support any group that engages in any form of criminality and such People should not be identified by their religion, tribe or ethnicity but should be treated as a criminal.
“The subsequent attack that followed the quit notice in Oyo State is rather uncalled for and condemnable.
“The perpetrators must be brought to book and made to face the full wrath of the law.
“AYCF supports constitutional ways of every state protecting her citizens but quit notice should be out of it and must not be considered under any circumstance.
“Nigeria is an indivisible entity and whatever has the tendency like happenings in Ondo and Oyo must be discouraged in the interest of peaceful coexistence and one Nigeria.”
Yerima further called on the Oyo and Ondo State Governments to give peace a chance and withdraw the quit notice order, while those whose properties were destroyed by compensated accordingly.
“Finally, we must guide against any act that will create a war like situation in Nigeria, we must learn from mistakes of the past and avoid a repeat because it’s consequences may be unimaginable,” he added.
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