The leadership of the Young Journalists Forum, organisers of the Monthly Youth Dialogue, with Ambassador of Ecuador in Nigeria, His Excellency Loepoldo Rovayo, have joined other well meaning Nigerians to condemn in strong terms, the position of some Arewa youth groups in the north, recently giving Igbos in the north 3 months ultimatum to vacate northern states, as it contradicts relevant sections of the 1999 constitution as amended, and remains void, urging them to listen to the words of wisdom from their elders statesmen.
In a statement by the Coordinator and Secretary of YJF, Comrades Chukwuma
Nzeh and Ene Okon, respectively, and made available to journalists in Nigeria, reads, “Our elder statesmen in Nigeria, especially the likes Emeka Anyaokwu and Maitam Sule, whose integrity are almost impeccable have always insisted at several fora, that Nigeria, is better together and the combine effect of Sections 1, 7, 27, 28, 41 amongst other sections of the 1999 Constitution as amended contradicts their position of these misguided Youth groups, who we urge to listen to the words of wisdom from their elders statesmen to be properly guided.
It worthy of note that most young Nigerians have been made vulnerable, over the years by the ailing Nigerian system due to several obvious factors ranging from unemployment, illiteracy, cultural amongst others and should be giving special attention to change this trend of unwarranted agitations.
We call on State Governor’s, to engage Youth groups in their States on regular basis, on salient global and national issues, so as to shape their opinions in line with the collective aspirations of the Nigerian State and its people. We urge well meaning Young Nigerians to dissociate themselves with any divisive teachings that are not in line with the wishes of our founding fathers, and to join hands in dispelling false teachings, by organising routine Youth Awareness campaigns in their Localities.
It is on record that Nigerians from all tongues and tribes, especially the east and north have contributed so much in keeping Nigeria together till date and these commitments should not be jeopardised by some over excited youth groups.
Most Igbos in the north, like many other tribes elsewhere, have integrated themselves with their host communities, that at times they cannot be distinguished from the indigenes and they have been strategic partners in the development of several States of Nigeria, including the north and should be allowed to sustain those potentials.
To buttress our position the Governor of Kaduna state, Nasiru El Rufai, have ordered their arrest and prosecution, to serve as deterrent to any other group with same orientation. The Northern Governors forum, have also condemned their position, urging security operatives to investigate the source.
We urge the 19 Northern Governors as Chief Security Officers of their respective States to initiate a Security probe of those behind these divisive ideologies, at a very sensitive period of our national progression.