The Federal Government has been called by the Arewa Youth Forum, (AYF), to take urgent actions to douse the tension across the country caused by activities of armed Fulani herdsmen.
The group also noted that another civil war could break out if the government doesn’t act.
In a statement issed by its National President, Ibrahim Gambo Gujungu and released on Wednesday in Kaduna, the northern youths expressed their worry over the rising tension across the country.
According to them, “The Forum is worried by the prevailing impasse and rising tension across the country precipitated by the quit notice given to Fulani herdsmen by the Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, and the actions that had trailed that incident. State governors should be told that the government’s inability to clamp down on criminals should not be an avenue to malign a whole ethnic group or even a group of people.
“Criminals should be treated as criminals, arrested, prosecuted and made to face the full wrath of the law anywhere they reside or commit crime in Nigeria. This is what the government is expected to do. As it stands, owing to the actions of non-state actors and inaction of state actors, mainly the Federal Government and the state governors, the country is fast drifting and action must be taken immediately to stem this drift.
“After keeping silent for a long time, the Federal Government has, again, resorted to its usual rhetoric of issuing statements, which over time had not made any impact on the situation of things in the country. Instead, the situation in the country has continued to deteriorate with each region looking within and resorting to self-help as if the centre is no longer there.
According to the Arewa youths, the unity of the country could only be achieved if the government makes haste in dealing with insecurity, poverty, deprivation and endemic unemployment ravaging the people.