The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has reacted to the gruesome murder of a heavily pregnant woman called Fatima and her four children.
Naija News recalls that gunmen suspected to be members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) killed Fatima, her four children and six other individuals in Anambra State.
In a statement on Tuesday by its National President, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, AYCF said the killing of the victims who are Northerners is an attempt to achieve ethnic cleansing agenda.
The forum said the murder of Fatima and her children was totally unacceptable act of undue provocation, adding that the lives of Northerners are no longer valued in the region.
It, however, called on South East governors to quickly curb the killing of innocent Northerners in the region, adding the North’s respect for the rule of law should never be taken as a weakness.
He said, “The fact that the governors of the Southeast are the Chief Security Officers of their states but do nothing to stop the unprovoked killing of Northerners presupposes an ethnic cleansing agenda and we condemn it, in whatever guise – IPOB attack or ESN.
“The killing of a mother and the baby she cuddled as well as the Christian Aircraft Engineer of Northern extraction means the life of our own people is no longer valued in the Southeast, where IPOB, ESN and so-called unknown gunmen are doing as they please as non-state actors, unhindered.
“Silence of these governors, despite the brutal attacks on our sons and daughters in the Southeast must be stopped now and we want to sound our note of warning, that no Nigerian has the monopoly of violence and that Northerners’ respect for the rule of law should never be taken as a weakness.”