By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
Unified Nigerian Youth Forum (UNYF), has called on stakeholders in the South East to call their youth to order to stop what the forum described as rascality on northerners residing in the Eastern part of the country.
Th forum noted that its members would not fold their hands and watch the killing of their brothers and sisters in the South East.
A statement signed by UNYF president, Abdulsalam Muhammad Kazeem, said, “We appealed to all stakeholders, traditional leaders from the South East to immediately call their children to order, because the West and North will not fold their hands and watch the display of rascality on their brothers and sisters residing in the Eastern part of the country by some few mischief makers whose major interest is violence.”
The noted that a reprisal attacks of such would set the Igbo backwards economically, adding, “They should note that the Igbos who are predominately businessmen have over 100 trillion investment in the North and Western part alone, which is far more than what they investment in their own region themselves.
“We have watched carefully the ongoing operation of the Nigerian Army in the south eastern part of the country tag operation python and we call on Lit. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai to instruct all officers involved to act professionally as it will greatly help to avoid what happen some years back which led to Boko Haram insurgence in the North East.
“History has it that it is as a result of the inability of some security officers to act professionally that led to the setback in the country. They should act within the law of the land to avoid the said back for our dear nation.
“The military should ensure the continuous protection of innocent citizens at any cost, and should be able to differentiate clearly between their enemy and a friend.
“We call on our colleagues (youths) in the South eastern part of the country to immediately stop the un-going search/killing of innocent Hausa Fulani residing in their region to avoid a reprisal attacks of such in northern part of the country.
“The IPOB should note that the numbers of Igbos in the North and west is far more than the entire Igbos in their region (South East). We appeal to them to have a rethink because of their people living outside their region.
“The continuous search for Hausa people must stop now because the said operation python is not in any way initiated by the Hausa Fulani but by federal government via Nigerian Army. Why must our Igbo brothers attack their Hausa brothers? With this, we are fully convinced that there is a hidden agenda against the North by the indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB).
“It is on record that similar operation was carried out by the same Nigerian Army in Zaria against the Muslim brotherhood (Shitt Zazzaki) without the killing of any Igbo or a Yoruba man, rather the people of Zaria gave the Nigerian Army the needed cooperation, assistance and support needed towards the success of the said operation, why can’t we reciprocate such gesture to Nigerian Army in the Eastern part of the country?
“We appeal to our fathers, mentors and role models, all Northern traditional leaders, to please come out publicly to issue out a joint press conference on why the Northern Youth should not take a reprisal attack against the Igbo’s residing in the North, as it will greatly help the unity of our nation and save us a serious violence and equally make the Igbos in the North to fell at home.”