- A group, the NYLF, calls on the federal government and the police to refrain from arresting the signatories of the Kaduna declaration to avoid crisis
- NYLF’s national chairman, Eliot Afiyo, says the Igbos instigated hate speeches through their words and actions
- The group releases a shortlist of 12 northern candidates they support to contest for 2019 presidency
A group known as the Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF), has warned the federal government that the arrest of Northern youths who asked Igbos to leave Northern region would lead to crisis.
The national chairman of the group, Eliot Afiyo, who gave the warning in Yola on Monday, June 19, therefore called on the government and the police to refrain from arresting the signatories of the kaduna declaration, Leadership reports.
"We want to appeal to Federal Government and the Inspector General of Police to withdraw forthwith, the directive to arrest the signatories of the Kaduna declaration. To our opinion, this decision will boomerang as it will only precipitate the crisis beyond control. We believed that our brothers in the south have said more than what our brothers said and they were not arrested. Therefore, no justification for the arrest," the group said.
The NYLF condemned the quit notice issued to Igbos, but noted that Igbos instigated the action of the northern youths through their words and actions.
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Our Igbo brothers for some years now have been frustrating, insulting and abusing other nationalities especially the northerners calling us cows and parasites despite our efforts in accommodating them,” he stated.
NAIJ.com learnt that the NYLF reiterated its earlier declaration that presidency should be retained in the north come 2019.
The group claimed it was forced to release the list after hearing rumours of southern presidency in 2019.
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