ILE-IFE CLASH: Don’t provoke reprisal attacks, Arewa youths warn Afenifere
The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has reacted to criticisms trailing arrests made by the police in the wake of the communal clash in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
Following criticisms from the Pan Yoruba Socio-Cultural Organisation, Afenifere, of the arrest of only Yoruba indigenes in the clash that resulted in the deaths of 45 people, the AYCF, has warned against utterances that could provoke reprisal attacks.
The group cautioned Afenifere to allow the court and the security agents perform their duty over the Osun State clash between the Yoruba and the Hausa resident in the place.
AYCF stated this in a release signed by its national president, Mallam Yerima Shettima.
He said, “We frown at the gang-up to harass and intimidate the courts and the police from investigating and punishing those found guilty so that a repeat of this sad episode would be avoided.”
Read also: ILE-IFE VIOLENCE: Why we arrested only Yoruba suspects, IGP replies Afenifere, OPC, others
The northern youth group, then called on those it described as “marauders who are hiding behind ethnic umbrella and are desperately trying to pervert the course of justice,” to be careful with their utterances so that they do not “provoke reprisal attacks.”
It added, “Reasons should apply at this important period in the history of this nation, when all compatriots are working hard to address the multiple challenges confronting the nation, economically, politically and socially.”
AYCF further stated that the northerners have shown maturity in relation to the clash by not going after the millions of Yoruba citizens doing business in its region.
It said Afenifere should be reminded that the northerners chose not to retaliate as a demonstration of respect for the rule of law and not cowardice.
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