Governor Lalong Blasts Arewa Youths Over Exit Notice

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong

By Ogbolu George with agency report

Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, has described the exit ultimatum by the coalition of northern youth groups asking the Igbos residing in the region to vacate as reckless and ill conceived.

He made this known in a statement by his media aide, Emmanuel Nanle on Friday in Jos.

The governor regretted that a highly volatile issue of such nature was trivialised and made an agenda for grandstanding by the group without any thought of its implication to the stability of the country.

Lalong said that such rash statements was uncalled for, especially at a time when all compatriots were working hard to solidify bonds of unity and national integration.

National discourse

He urged media houses to censor ”retrogressive contributions to national discourse” like those of the Arewa youth coalition and the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB).

Lalong urged governors in the South East to resist any attempt to create value for the position of the northern youth by making it an agenda for any discussion.

”Because it is of no essence and does not represent the position of the youth of northern Nigeria,” he said.

The governor assured the people of Plateau that his administration would respect and protect the rights of all citizens as enshrined in the Constitution.

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