By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
Northern Youth Council of Nigeria, (NYCN), has expressed concern on attacks against northerners in Sasa market of Akinyele local government area of Oyo State leading to the loss of lives and destruction of property.
A statement from its spokesman, Mock kure, observed, “The attention of the Northern Youths Council of Nigeria has been drawn to the ongoing Carnage against Northerners, particularly in Sasa Market of Akinyele Local Government, Oyo State, South West Nigeria wherein so many lives were either killed or injured, business premises and vehicles were burnt by Yoruba hoodlums.
“We wish to condemn such attack in strongest terms possible and call on security agents to arrest the perpetrators so as to serve as deterent to would be hoodlums.”
The Arewa youth noted that the hidden agenda to expel Northerners in that segment of the Country started with the call on all Herdsmen (Not criminal elements) by the Governor of Ondo State, His Excellency, Rotimi Akeredolu, to leave all State controlled Forests Reserves.
It explained that this led to the sudden emergence of one Sunday Ighoho, a well known Motor Park tout as the Enforcer-In-Chief of the hidden but now open agenda in faraway Oyo state.
The youth noted, “The evicton Orders violates the provisions of The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999 as Amended) which Guarantees Freedom of Movement to all Citizens and Rights to own Movable and Unmovable properties in any part of the Country.”
The statement noted that in his effort to defend the Laws of the Country, the Inspector General of Police gave instruction to his subordinates in the region to arrest and bring the said Sunday to Abuja, saying that the arms of the law has proven to be weak and helpless as the said wanted person has been going about dishing out fresh quit notices to law abiding citizens and enforcing same in many States of the region.
“We believe strongly that the inability of government at all levels to tame the lawless wings of Sunday Ighoho and his co-travellers has led to emergence of his variants, hence, the renewed attacks on Settled business people and many others that can’t speak Yoruba Sasa Market,” the statement explained.
The youth called on the federal government to declare Sunday Ighoho and his group as terrorist organisation as he is not different from Boko Haram.
They called on the Northern Governor’s Forum under the leadership of Barr Simon Bako Lalong to rally his colleagues to begin to evacuates their brothers that are trapped in Southwest and other troubled spots in Southern Nigeria since the governments in those regions have proven to be helpless or tacitly complicit in the ceaseless attacks on our people.
The statement observed that the Northern Youths continue to maintain maximum restraints despite the unjustifiable and unprovoked attacks on their people pending on when government would exhaust all its cards.
It enjoined the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to mobilise resources to the trouble spots to ameliorate the sufferings of those who lost their means of livelihood to the carnage.
The Arewa youth urged the federal government to adequately compensate those who lost loved ones and property to crises.
The Arewa youth also enjoined Northerners to desist from travelling to Southwestern Nigeria as signals from the region is extremely bad, pending on when government would prove that it is now safe to travel to that region.
The statement urged Nigerians with conscience to condemn such attacks and other planned attacks, saying that together, good shall triumph over evil.