Arewa youths consultative forum,
demands reversal of quit notice to herders
By: Femi Mustapha
Arewa youths consultative forum, (AYCF) has expressed disappointment over the quit notice given to Fulani Herdsmen by the executive Governor of Ondo State, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, (SAN) said the notice is not only worrisome but disturbing.
In a statement signed by National president, AYCF, Ahmed Shettima Yerima
, said, the Constitution of Nigeria guarantees every Nigerian the right to live in any part of the country and free to engage in any legitimate business of his or her choice.
Stressing further, Shettima said, the forum (AYCF) will not support any group that engages in any form of criminality and such people should not be identified base on their religion, tribe or ethnicity but should be treated as a criminal.
“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 a criminal.
“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.” The statement said.
AYCF further stated that the forum supports constitutional ways of Government protecting the lives and properties of their citizens, but explained that Nigeria is an indivisible entity, whose constitutional provision is against any part of the country refusing to accommodate another.
“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 circumstances.
“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.” AYCF added.
The group called on Ondo and Oyo state government respectively, to reverse the decision and compensate those that was attacked during the period of quit notice for the interest of peace, noted that any act that will create a war like the situation in Nigeria, should be totally avoided.
“I 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.
“We must guide against any act that will create a war like situation in Nigeria, we must learn from mistakes of the past and avoid a repeat because it’s consequences may be unimaginable.” The forum concluded.
Recalled, that following the high rate of kidnappings in Ondo State, allegedly committed by criminals hiding in forests across the state, the governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN had given herdsmen a seven-day ultimatum to vacate the areas which has caused a lot of uproars in the country for the past few days.