From Ahmad SAKA, Bauchi
The popular Northern youth group known as Arewa Youths for Peace and Security (AYPS) has disowned viral video that emanated from an unknown group asking for the break-up of Nigeria.
The group advised security operatives to arrest anyone fanning the ember of discord in the country because they are not speaking the minds of the northerners.
The National Chairman of the group, Alhaji Salihu Muhammad Magaji, stated this today, June 21, 2021, while addressing a press conference in Bauchi.
He said those people speaking carelessly about the disintegration of Nigeria are on their own and they should be arrested by security operatives for violating the constitution of Nigeria.
Alhaji Magaji said, the 30 days notice given to ndigbos to quit the northern part of the country by the faceless group is a joke, it will come and pass and nothing will happen to ndigbos or any southerner residing in the northern part of the country.
They should remain calm and continue with their normal life, no one will fight them, he added.
He urged the southeast governors, other governors and leaders of all other ethnic groups to admonish their people residing in the north to remain calm and ignore the threat.
Magaji assured that they will continue to sensitize northern youths on the need to live in peace and be their brother’s keepers.
According to him, their organisation will continue to caution youths against retaliation or doing anything that will destabilise the unity of the country.
“Nigeria is a great nation because of its diversity irrespective of its present challenges and we are better United in peace than disintegration, Nigerians should harness the inherent benefits in the nation’s diversity to promote sustainable socio-economic growth and development of the country, he said.
“To truly achieve this, Nigeria as a nation must continue to promote justice, equity and fairness among the diverse groups in the country.”
On the social media messages of hate speech and calling for the disintegration of the country, Magaji said, those agitators are not seeking the mind of intelligent people of northern Nigeria, they are on their own.
“We must caution those who are agitating for the breakup of the country against such agitation. It is important for our people to understand that the unity of this country (Nigeria) must not be compromised and whosoever disobeys should be arrested by the security operatives”
He urged the northern youths to continue with exemplary conduct.
According to the youth’s leader, two wrongs cannot make a right and we must focus on what will move our country forward rather than agitating for what will not be good for us because we are better off as one nation than to disintegrate.