The Area Youth Consultative Forum has warmed the Middle Belt and other parts of the North against joining the sit-at-home order issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
IPOB issued the order as part of measured to force the Federal Government to provide its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who is currently held by the Department of State Services, DSS.
The secessionist group also invited the Middle Belt and Oduduwa Republic agitators to join in enforcing a sit-at-home order.
However, AYCF through its National President, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, in Kaduna on Monday, said the order is “a deliberate, politically-motivated plan to undermine or worsen the nation’s current security challenges.”
In a statement by the group’s National President, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, in Kaduna on Monday, the AYCF said, “The North has come a long way in understanding the use of constitutional and democratic means of channelling legitimate grievances, and cannot, therefore, be a party to any undemocratic move”.
The AYCF also queries the silence of the governors of the Southeast concerning IPOB.
The group stated, “We hope they will continue with the sit-at-home for another ten years and we wish them the very best of luck. We know the southeast is IPOB’s home but exporting their activities to the north will be faced with massive resistance from all lovers of peace in the north.”
“We call on Northern Governors to step up action in order to ensure this outlawed terror gang called IPOB does not infiltrate the region. We also expect the governors to ensure that any northerner who shuts down his shop in solidarity with IPOB, that shop should be sealed forever.
“And for the avoidance of doubt, we will not fold our arms and watch the north get further destabilized by a violent strategy, whether in Kogi, Benue, Plateau, Niger or any state in northern Nigeria because our hands are already full with challenges of insecurity and we are praying fervently day and night to find lasting peace”.
The group added, “We call on northerners of good conscience to avoid any undemocratic means, including the burning of government-owned structures, where fellow Nigerians legitimately work to feed their families,” the statement added