By Amos Tauna
Coalition of Northern Youths under the auspices of Arewa Youth Assembly, AYA, has called on Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to sack National Security Adviser, Inspector General of Police and Director of State Security Services for their inability to arrest those behind the ‘Kaduna Declaration’.
The youths also called on the Acting President to urgently constitute an all embracing, credible and sincere peace and reconciliation committee to resolve the brouhaha in the country.
The Acting President Professor Yemi Osinbajo and Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai had at the wake of the ‘Kaduna Declaration’ ordered the arrest of those behind the declaration and their sponsors to serve as deterrent to others.
The coalition in a statement signed by its Speaker, Mohammed Salihu and made available to newsmen in Kaduna, Northern Nigeria, Friday also faulted the elders from the region for supporting the October 1st ultimatum issued to Igbos to vacate the region.
The statement said, “Acting President should move ahead and order the arrest of all those behind this plot, Biafra agitators and bring them to book. While the NSA should be sacked and the DG –SSS, I.G for failing to apprehend all those behind the Kaduna declaration.
“If no arrest is made to serve as a lesson to others, next episode will be a full scale war and lives and properties will be destroyed by the followership of ember of disunity. What make Americans great is the supremacy of her citizens, the unity of Nigeria is not negotiable and can’t be left in the hands of misguided rascals.
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“While the sack of the security chief should be treated with dispatch and levity because whosever descend into the arana of conflict will not escape the dust of the encounter, we should question the character of some of our elders we found their effusions rather too insensitive to bear especially in a country that is sitting on a delicate balance.
“Their support of Kaduna declaration have made the North to South, East to West our language of engagement loaded with tempers that are waiting to explode.
“While agitation for Biafra has attained a dizzying height, on October deadline, all you hear is languages of war and war alone. If separation would answer all the questions, examples from South Sudan are not something to relish. Even if we agreed to go our separate ways is not synonymous with development and peaceful coexistence.
“To our elders they should always encourage our young people to see strength in our diversities, forge a national consciousness that would gravitate towards positive development; they should always promote national peace and unity.
“It is not enough to lament what has happen in the past it is more important and more noble to do something now in order to reshape the future of our beloved country Nigeria.
“Arewa Youth Assembly is pressing home is demand by staging a peaceful protest for the sack of NSA, DG/SSS, I.G of police and the arrest of all those behind Kaduna declaration.
“Arising from the above, the forum therefore advises all parties to remain calm and guard against provocative utterances in order not to further polarize the system.”