The Arewa Consultative Discussion board (ACF) has suggested northerners in opposition to travelling to the South-East as a result of insecurity within the area.
In an announcement signed by its Nationwide Chairman, Audu Ogbe, the group warned northerners to cancel any journey to the Southeast area except essential.
The group, nevertheless, mentioned if there is a motive why they need to journey, the travellers ought to take each essential precaution, together with linking up with the safety businesses on the place/locations to be visited.
It condemned the killing of Ahmed Gulak, a former aide to Nigeria’s ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, who was intercepted and shot lifeless on his solution to Sam Mbakwe Airport in Imo State.
The previous Presidential aide and Adamawa politician, who in 2019 served because the chairman of the All Progressives Congress committee that carried out the governorship primaries in Imo, was ambushed by six gunmen.
The ACF attributed Gulak’s demise to the rebellion within the South-East allegedly attributable to the Japanese Safety Community (ESN), a safety outfit of the Indigenous Folks of Biafra (IPOB).
The assertion learn, “The ACF has seen of late with rising concern the assaults on/killing of Northerners resident and/or visiting the South, notably the South-East.
“It was so unhealthy at some extent in February this 12 months that the northern merchants who usually provide the meals wants of the South, the Amalgamated Union Meals and Cattle Distributors of Nigeria (AUFCDN), launched into strike motion to make the purpose that their lives additionally mattered. The ACF was amongst those that put stress, on, and finally satisfied, the AUFCDN to name off the strike. The ACF did that within the spirit of ONE NIGERIA.
”Yesterday, Sunday thirtieth Could, 2021, one of many leaders within the North was brutally murdered on the streets of Owerri, Imo state by gunmen, almost definitely of IPOB and Japanese Safety Community (ESN), who’ve been waging a public marketing campaign of killings and different types of brutalities, to grasp their dream nation of Biafra.
“The Arewa Consultative Discussion board (ACF) hereby points a really sturdy advisory to all northerners who might want to journey to the South East, to weigh the significance and necessity of such travels. Until such journeys are completely essential and of compelling nature, like issues of life & demise, they shouldn’t be made.
“And the place the journey should be undertaken, the traveller ought to take each safety precaution in his or her actions whereas there, together with linking with the safety businesses on the place/locations to be visited.
“The necessity to difficulty this journey advisory has develop into essential in opposition to the backdrop of historical past, whereby occasions such the killings of northern leaders in 1966 triggered the occasions that led to a civil battle that value the nation hundreds of lives, and untold struggling to hundreds of thousands of harmless individuals. To be forewarned is to be forearmed, and a sew in time saves 9!
“The Arewa Consultative Discussion board (ACF) additionally needs to name, with the strongest voice, on the safety businesses to do all the things doable to apprehend those that assassinated Alh. (Barr) Ahmed Gulak in chilly blood and convey them to justice.
”The lives of northerners, and certainly of all Nigerians matter, and the ACF can not preserve mute when our individuals, and certainly all Nigerian, are murdered in chilly blood by misguided and atrocious individuals.
“Sadly within the midst of all this critical nationwide disaster, it will seem that the whole narrative from the South-East has been taken over by IPOB and so-called unknown gunmen to the exclusion of established leaders. That is worrisome.”
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