‘True northern youths peaceful, hospitable, tolerant’
The “true northern youths are peaceful, hospitable, accommodating and tolerant and therefore would not issue such an irresponsible vituperation against our dear Igbo brothers or any other tribe who have been contributing immensely to the growth and development of northern Nigeria economically and otherwise since independence.”
With the above extract, a group, Arewa Youth for Progress and Development (AYPD), yesterday lambasted the arrowheads of the eviction notice issued on Tuesday, describing them as misguided elements bent on causing a needless crisis in the land.
In a statement in Kaduna, its president, Comrade Danjuma Bello Sarki, distanced themselves from the ejection notice.
“We want to use this medium to strongly disassociate ourselves from this misguided position and vehemently condemn it in strong terms.
“It is no doubt the figment of the imagination of the signatories and their sponsors,” he said.
“The call is nothing but the height of exuberant rascality by some publicity-seeking fellows, who are out to cause disaffection between the north and the south for their selfish interest at a time like this when we, as youths, need to stay united and peaceful for the progress and development of our nation.
“We want to categorically state that their statement has caused a great embarrassment to us as patriotic northern youths, that was not and will never be our position. There was no time the youths in the north sat down to agree on such position,” he further said.
The group called on “all Ndigbo to disregard the statement, remain calm and continue to go about their normal activities without fear of being
harassed or intimidated. For we cherish our relationship with all other components of our nation. More so, we urge our northern brothers who reside in the eastern part of our country to do same. Our belief in one Nigeria is unshakable.”
Sarki maintained: “Even foreigners who are legally resident and law-abiding in the north can not be so threatened, not to talk of our own brothers of Igbo extraction with whom we have so interrelated through marriages and other socio-economic activities.”
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