SAN FRANCISCO, September 13, (THEWILL) – The Northern Youth Coalition, called Arewa Youths, have urged all northerners residing in Nigeria to ignore any agitation or provocation from the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu and his supporters.
The group in a press conference in Kano, on Wednesday, at the Nigerian Union of Journalists’ Press Centre, declared that the whole essence of Kanu and his IPOB’s agitation was to provoke reactions and or reprisals from Northerners and make Nigeria ungovernable.
THEWILL recalls that the group had given all Igbo resident in the 19 northern states an eviction notice to vacate the region before October 1, 2017 due to activities of Kanu and IPOB but withdrew it following interventions from notable leaders.
However, following clashes between troops of the Nigerian army, deployed to the five south-eastern states in an exercise it tagged Operation Python Dance II, and IPOB supporters; as well as between IPOB supporters and Hausa communities in Umuahia and Rivers respectively, there was tension in the North that there would be reprisal attacks.
But the Northern Youth Coalition declared that northerners would not be provoked into launching a reprisal attack, knowing full well that taking such moves would simply play into the calculations of IPOB.
The group also added that the singling out of Buhari for attacks by IPOB is a tactics to cause inter-regional crisis in order to usher in a change of government by whatever means.
“All the violent activities playing out are well planned to escalate by 2019, and starting from 2018 to prevent a successful conduct of elections and eventually the collapse of this Buhari government and democracy in Nigeria,” the group said.
“In this situation, it is essential that the north and northerners remain restrained and refuse to be provoked into reprisals which is the ultimate hope of the conflict instigators.
“The agitations and disturbances that have been ongoing ceaselessly since the coming of Buhari/Osibanjo administration are aimed at rendering the country practically ungovernable and ushering in of anarchy and instability, thereby occasioning a change of government by whatever means.
“And the singling out of Buhari for attacks is a tactics to cause inter-regional crisis possibly leading to general unrest.”