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Arewa Youths Disowns Video Seeking Nigeria Breakup — Africa Daily News

By Idris Khalid

A group, Arewa Youths for Peace & Security (AYPS) has advised security operatives to arrest anyone fanning the embers of discord in the country, saying such mind boggling are not speaking the minds of Northerners.

National Chairman of the group, Alhaji Salihu Muhammad Magaji told a press conference in Bauchi yesterday that those seeking the disintegration of Nigeria are on their own who should be arrested by security operatives for violation the Nigerian constitution. 

Muhammad described as joke the 30-day notice giving to Ndigbos to quit Northern part of the country by the retrogressive elements, saying the ultimatum will come and pass with nothing happening to Ndigbos or any southerner residing in the North.

He therefore urged southern governors and their leaders to persuade their kinsmen residing in the north to remain calm and ignore the quit notice.

Magaji assured that the group will continue to sensitize northern youths on the need to live in peace and be their brothers’ keepers, cautioning the youths against retaliation or doing anything that will destabilize the unity of the country.

He said, “Nigeria is a great nation because of its diversity irrespective of its present challenges, and we are better united in peace than disintegration, Nigerians should harness the inherent benefits in the nation’s diversity to promote sustainable socio-economic growth and development.

According to the group, to achieve the desired goals of socio-economic growth and development, Nigeria as a nation must continue to promote justice, equity and fairness among its diverse groups.

On the social media messages of hate speech and calling for the disintegration of the country, the group chairman said those agitators are not speaking the minds of intelligent people of Northern Nigeria, but are on their own.

“We must caution those who are agitating for the breakup of the country against such agitation. It is important for our people to understand that the unity of this country must not be compromised, if you get refused let the security operatives arrest them"

Magaji said, “What is important is that we must continue to promote justice, equity and fairness among the diverse groups in the country in order to promote sustainable development.

He explained that some of the people calling for a breakup have not even studied the 1999 Constitution, had they known the constitution, they would not be speaking carelessly and anyhow.

Magaji urged the northern youths to continue with the exemplary conduct they are known for because, as the saying goes, two wrongs cannot make a right, adding ‘We most focus on what will move our country forward rather than agitating for what will not be good for us, as we are better off as one nation’.

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