Northern Youths Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has expressed concerns over the constant attacks against northerners, warning people of the region not to travel to the South-west for now.
The group was reacting to the recent clash between northerners and southerners in Sasha market of Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State which led to loss of lives and destruction of property.
In a statement by its spokesperson Mock Kure, the group condemned the attack and called 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, 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 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.