By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Nigerian Youth Mobilizations and Enlightment Movement (NIYEM), has frowned on the attacks on traders from Northern NIgerian origin in Ibadan as barbaric, unfair and disrespectful to the unity and cohesion of the survival of Nigeria as a country.
The group, at a press conference in Kaduna on Tuesday, on the issues affecting the peaceful coexistence of Nigeria, said Yorubas should learn to be respectful and reciprocate the gesture of being tolerated by all other ethnics, as they scattered around the country.
According to the Co-convener, of NIYEM, Yusuf Abubakar, “we must respect dignity and wellbeing of each other by giving shelter and protection to each other.
“You are all aware of the recent happening of attacks and carnage against some Hausa traders in Shasha Market, Ibadan, Oyo State whereby some alleged hired miscreants destroyed the livelihood of hundreds of Hausa traders leaving in Ibadan,Oyo state.
“Many lives and properties were lost during the attacks, the unfortunate incident will for long be remembered and condemn by any sensible and reasonable Nigerian due to how it was orchestrated and executed by unleashing hatred terror and destruction on the innocent traders in the Shasha market.
“Northerners aren’t safe in the north or even in the south as well. They have become target of injustice by many ethnic groups in the country. We are assuring all Nigerians that our stand is clear. We will never allow anybody in the region (north) to subject other ethnic groups to reprisals due to recent happenings in Ibadan and Akure, Ondo State.
“We will not subject our brothers from southwest that are leaving with us peacefully to any hardship because of the mistakes, mayhem and hooliganism of some miscreants in their ancestral region. Therefore, we urged all Nigerians not to allow provocation and incitement to divide our collective stand as a people.”
Yusuf, added that “we will never allow our people to subject other economic tribes leaving in the North to any inhuman treatment. Be assured that we are one as the constitution of our land give everybody equal rights to stay and do his business in any part of Country. For example, Igbo are everywhere in the north going about their trades without fear unlike what happened few years ago where they were attacked and ordered to vacate commercial city of Lagos.”
He therefore urged the Presidency to “improve the allocation for acquiring standard weapons, training for our armed forces, provide enough manpower and training for the security operatives in the country.
“Presidency should also caution certain political officeholders, especially in the south west that are becoming so habitual in making unguided utterances, seen as fashionably dangerous to the success of this war against insecurity in the country, such utterances are capable of mocking our country and creating confusion among Nigerians.
“Specifically, we advised Minister for Defence, Major Gen Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd) to urgently seek forgiveness from all Nigerians’, especially those who have lost their siblings as result of attacks from Boko Haram and Bandits. His views are like mocking and playing with sensibility of the future of our citizens, despite the failure of the Federal government to protect lives and properties against such attacks.
“To this end, we call on all peace-loving Nigerians irrespective of their primordial sentiments, to come together and play their roles towards having a stronger and uniting Nigeria where everyone is safe wherever he or she choses to live or transact business. Our national cohesion is more important than individuals.