*cautions ACF Over Reckless utterances
By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
A group, Northern Youths Initiative and Political Congress (NOPCO) has slammed Southern based socio-cultural groups, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and Igbo Political Group Ohaneze over what it described as reckless statements against the Zamfara State Governor, Bello Muhammad Mutawalle.
The group expressed this in a statement signed by its Chairman, Yusuf Abubakar
“On behalf of Northern Youths Initiative and Political Congress (NOPCO) we are not happy with certain statement credited to Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and Igbo Political Group Ohaneze along with others who are playing to gallery on the recent write-up response in defense of Northerners living in Southern Nigeria by the Governor of Zamfara, HE Bello Muhammad Mutawalle.
“Truly, Governor Bello Muhammad made it clear that enough is enough over the continuous attacks and butchering of Hausa people living in the South due to ethnicity and hatred by some suspected hooligans and thugs across the Southern region of Nigeria,” the group said.
They said that they are aware that just recently, “some miscreants under the watchful eyes of their leaders attacked and killed many Hausa people at Orlu, Imo State, few months after same attacks of Hausa community in Sasha Market, Ibadan, Oyo State respectively.
“Despite our accomodative posture of giving shelter and protecting their dignity and well being, Igbo people are taking this issue far in open attacks and destruction of property of our dear people due to reasons best known to them in their areas,” the statement explained.
They further said that they are touched and happy that the sitting Governor of Zamfara State with all exhibited courage and come out to send out warning against such injustice meted against a particular tribe in the country in order to bring an end to such killings.
“Northern youth are fully behind him and support such moves to bring a lasting solution and wanton killings of these innocent people in the South.
“His words have justified his acton by the process he followed in reaching out to some of his colleagues in the North to unite and confront such ugly trends of attacks against Hausa community in the South.
“We condemn in totality the meddlesomeness of Ohaneze and PANDEF on issues that entirely affect the survival of our people, where they questioned the action and reaction of Zamfara Governor on the carnage happening under their watch in the South without taking any action to remedy the continuous attacks.
“The Ohaneze and PANDEF do not belong to North and cannot threaten Northern leaders that have genuine intention of protecting and safe guarding their people like Governor Bello Muhammad Mutawalle.
“We also frown at the involvement of Arewa Consultative Forum of becoming so silent after these constant attacks on Northerners, only to voice their opinion against the Zamfara State Governor and other immenent Northerners that have expressed their worries and concerns over the escalation of such injustice against Hausa community,” the group stressed.
They therefore, called on the ACF to immediately withdraw such statement and seek audience with Gov Bello Muhammad and other prominent Northerners in order to bring lasting solution and unite to save their people in the South.
“The Federal Government needs to urgently pacify these victims by giving them compensation and create an avenue of bringing unity and cohesion among us, so that these hooligans can stop hiding under the hatred to perpetuate such criminal activities on the innocent Hausa traders and community.
“The Northern States Governors Forum needs to urgently visit Imo and Anambra to get to the root of the crisis in order to bring a lasting solution of peace to our people,” the statement concluded.