The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, recently made a statement urging the Middle Belts to join them in their sit- at- home campaign.
While replying to the statement, the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, AYCF, called on the Northern Governors to make sure that the sit- at- home campaign did not get to the Northern states, especially Kogi, Benue, Plateau, Niger State.
According to a statement released by the group National President, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, on Monday, the Southeast can be locked down for complete ten years if they like but exporting their activities to Northern Nigeria will be resisted by the Northerners.
His words, ” 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. ”
He added that the Northern Governors should shut down any shop in the North that decides to lock up in solidarity with the IPOB.
He added, ” We call on Northern Governors to step up action 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. ”
He further explained that violence will not be allowed in the region, stressed that they are already battling with insecurity problems. Therefore, they will not fold arms and watch the North get further destabilized.
He continued, ” 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. ”