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The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, has warned the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, over its call that the Middle Belt should join in shutting down Nigeria.
Yerima Shettima, National President of AYCF, said IPOB and the Southeast can sit-at-home for 10 years, but they should stay away from the North.
Recall that IPOB had urged the Middle Belt and Oduduwa Nation agitators to join its members in shutting down Nigeria starting from October 28.
The pro-Biafra group vowed to shut down Nigeria for one month if its leader, Nnamdi Kanu is not produced in court on October 28.
Reacting, Shettima said IPOB’s action was a deliberate attempt to worsen Nigeria’s security challenges.
In a statement he signed on Tuesday, Shettima stressed that the North would not be a party to “a deliberate, politically-motivated plan to undermine or worsen the nation’s current security challenges.”
He stressed that IPOB’s move to “export” its activities to the North would be resisted.
The AYCF National President lamented that Southeast governors seem to be okay with the activities of the pro-Biafra agitators in the region.
He said since the governors of the Southeast seem to be satisfied with the activities of IPOB, “we hope they will continue with the sit-at-home for another ten years and we wish them the very best of luck.
“We know the southeast is IPOB’s home but exporting their activities to the North will be faced with massive resistance from all lovers of peace in the North.”
Shettima also urged Northern governors to ensure that IPOB does not infiltrate the region with their activities.
He added: “We call on northern governors to step up action in order to ensure this outlawed terror gang called IPOB does not infiltrate the region. We also expect the governors to ensure that any northerner who shuts down his shop in solidarity with IPOB, that shop should be sealed forever.
“And for the avoidance of doubt, we will not fold our arms and watch the North get further destabilized by a violent strategy, whether in Kogi, Benue, Plateau, Niger or any state in Northern Nigeria because our hands are already full with challenges of insecurity and we are praying fervently day and night to find lasting peace”.