The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has been issued a stern warning against spreading its wings to the Northern part of the country.
Naija News reports that the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, issued the warning to counter the Biafra agitators’ call that the Middle Belt should join in shutting down Nigeria.
IPOB is reported to have threatened to direct Igbo living in different parts of Nigeria to observe a one-month sit-at-home order if the Nigerian government failed to produce its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, in court for trial on October 21st.
The Igbo group had also urged the Middle Belt and Oduduwa Nation agitators to join its members in the demonstration.
Frowning at the Biafra agitators in a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday, AYCF President, Yerima Shettima, said IPOB’s action was a deliberate attempt to worsen Nigeria’s security challenges.
He stressed that the North would not take part in IPOB’s deliberate, politically motivated plan to undermine or worsen the nation’s current security challenges. Shettima insists that IPOB’s move to “export” its activities to the North would be thwarted.
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”.