A frontline Northern youth group, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), has called for calm as reactions trailed the quit notice to unregistered herdsmen in Ondo and Oyo States.
The Arewa youths cautioned against a war situation in the country adding that Nigeria must learn from mistakes of the past and avoid a repeat, adding consequences of such may be unimaginable. AYCF President, Yerima Shettima, in a statement on Sunday, expressed concerns that the quit order by Ondo Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and subsequent attack and destruction of property in Oyo is not only worrisome but disturbing.
According to him: “Let it be known that the constitution of Nigeria guarantees every Nigerian to live in any part of this country and free to engage in any legitimate business of his or her choice, the Governor of Ondo State being a learned person is expected to know better. ‘AYCF will not support any group that engages in any form of criminality and such People should not be identified by their religion, tribe, or ethnicity but should be treated as criminals.
“The subsequent attack that followed the quit notice in Oyo state is rather uncalled for and condemnable’. The perpetrators must be brought to book and made to face the full wrath of the law. “AYCF supports constitutional ways of every state protecting her citizens but quit notice should be out of it and must not be considered under any circumstance.
“Nigeria is an indivisible entity and whatever has the tendency like happenings in Ondo and Oyo must be discouraged in the interest of peaceful coexistence and one Nigeria. “We call on the Government of Ondo and Oyo states to give peace a chance and rescind the quit notice order while those whose Property has been destroyed should be compensated accordingly.”