Northern youth under the aegis of Arewa Youth Forum (AYF) said yesterday that they will resist any attempt by politicians to turn them into militants following the rising wave of insecurity in that part of the country.
They made this known in a communiqué issued at the end of their meeting in Kaduna, it was signed by AYF president, Gambo Gujungu and secretary, Alex Baidi.“The northern youth have resolved to resist the gradual attempts by politicians to transform them into militants of no cause thereby compromising their future,” the group said. “That the northern youth shall rise up to the greater call of a united Nigeria devoid of regional or shallow and short term convictions.” The group said that what is happening in the region portends a great danger to the historically recognised and respected culture of tolerance and political dexterity associated with the people.
It stated that all personal and group political adventures must not be transformed into regional or religious projects at the expense of national unity.According to the group, the inherent values that gave the country its strength in diversity is being tempted by misguided political and religious events across the country, and warned that the supremacy of the country must not give way to personal, regional, political and other sentiments.
The AYF also commended the efforts of the state governors in the region as well as Vice President, Namadi Sambo in their bid to build a greater Nigeria which will of course be a great benefit to the northern region. It also called on government at all levels to reinforce mechanism of employment generation so as to puncture the youth sector’s tendencies exploited by some people.The conference however resolved to carry on the sensitisation of the youth of the north to stand up and fight all enemies of the region intending to compromise their future.“The conference commended the government’s effort towards conducting credible and called on all northerners to fulfill their citizen’s obligations by registering and be tolerant with the process,” the communiqué said.