By David Attah
Northern youths under the aegis of the Arewa Youth Forum on Tuesday in Kaduna asked President Goodluck Jonathan to “call to order,” his kinsmen – former Federal Commissioner for Information and Ijaw Leader, Chief Edwin Clark; and the leader of the Niger Delta Volunteer Force, Asari Dokubo – for their “unguarded utterances” which could lead to the disintegration of the country.
National President of the AYF, Mr. Gambo Gujungu, in a statement, insisted that the region was not afraid of war.
He said, “People like Clark and Asari had forgotten that the region was the mainstay of the Nigerian state before the discovery of oil.
“It is pertinent to let the war mongers know that the North is not afraid of war. But we are advocates of peace. We are not war mongers and will not and will never call for war within the polity of Nigeria.
“But we are bothered that Asari Dokubo, Edwin Clark and co are turning President Goodluck Jonathan into an Ijaw leader instead of the President of the Federal republic of Nigeria that he is.”
He warned people beating the drum of war as according to him, in the past two decades, apart from Sri Lanka, nobody had won a war against another country.
Gujungu said it was unfortunate that the likes of Asari were blaming the North for Boko Haram as if every northerner is a member of Boko Haram. “That is not good enough,” he added.
Gujungu said in the statement, “Having taken a keen interest and appraisal of what has been happening in the Nigerian polity of recent culminating in the recent outburst and frontal attack on the North by the leader of Niger Delta People Volunteer Force, Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, we have deem it necessary to react as follows.
“Let it be known that the youths of the North under the umbrella of the AYF are peace loving people who believe in the peaceful coexistence of Nigeria and has been working and will continue to work for the peaceful co existence of the country.
“Asari should know that some of us are quite aware of the type of person he is. We know his antecedents and the type of person he is. The Volunteer Force leader is not the one to threaten any body and should not continue in the way of threat or else we will be force to expose him for who he truly is.”