Obasanjo: Southern Nigeria Assembly calls for arrest, prosecution of Miyetti Allah leaders


…Seeks return to 1963 Republican Constitution

…To convene National Youth Dialogue

The Southern Nigeria Assembly (SNA), a coalition of all the indigenous youths organizations  in the Southwest, South South and Southeast geo political zones of Nigeria and in Diaspora has called on President  Muhammadu Buhari led federal government to urgently arrest and prosecute the current leadership of the Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association(MACBAN) and the likes over their recent call for the arrest of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo over his advice In his open letter to President Buhari to stop the impending war by calling for an urgent national conference.

In a press conference addressed by Aremo Oladotun Hassan, Esq, President, Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide and Convener, SNA said that the group viewed the act of MACBAN as ill motivated, reckless, diversionary tactics, with devilish intent to put Nigeria on flames if Presidency falls into the trap of arresting Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

Oladotun noted that the provocative call for Chief Obasanjo’s arrest was a ploy of Myetti Allah to derail Nigeria’s governance system to total anarchy, a semblance of Venezuelan and Rwandan genocidal ethnic cleansing agenda as well as an open invitation to put more hardship on the already helpless and suffocated citizenry, plagued in the world headquarters of poverty.

“We have watched keenly most of the controversial activities of MACBAN recently, have directly and indirectly leading to mass murder and genocidal ethnic cleansing against innocent Nigerians through allegedly perceived agents: dreaded  militia herdsmen arm, with attendant daily mass killings in our various communities across the nation, especially the recent wake of crises, killings, kidnapping and community invasion by their armed bandits elements, under the aegis of Fulani herdsmen terrorist group, despite the allegedly N100 billion recently tangled by the federal government to pacify this dreaded group as a frontal measure to win the terrorism war, unfortunately this singular stride has further increased our woes and agony unabated till date.

“However, we implore the Federal Government to desist from any attempt to arrest Obasanjo but to show conspicuous appreciation to the former president for courage to speak the truth to power.

“Similarly, the impunity move by the Miyetti Allah is aimed at setting the nation ablaze, with attraction of grave consequences not limited thereto: political and economic sanctions from world super powers.We observed with keen interest the concurrent evil bedevilling the Nigerian state as a premeditated agenda to cause war and civil unrest in Nigeria”, the group said.

He chided MACBAN for not calling for arrest of bandits and armed herdsmen in the North, having continuously unleashed terror from Benue to Taraba, Osun, Enugu,Oyo, Ebonyi Ogun, Abia,Ekiti, Anambra and Ondo states with no fundamental arrest, until recently when arrest of the suspected killers of late Funke Olakunri was made even as it added that information was still discreet and shoddy.

According to him,” However, we shall hold MACBAN accountable for these crimes, precipitating our move to equally filing a legal action and petition against them both to our national courts and the United Nations for championing ethnic cleansing agenda.”

He however called for a return to the 1963 Republican Constitution which gave each region sufficient autonomy to manage its own resources and affairs.

While describing the order by the Northern elders to herdsmen operating in the Southern part of the country to return to the North as a welcomed development, the Convener however regretted that the killer bandits had already caused the Southerners enough psychological trauma, killing of her people and collateral damage to lives and properties.

“However, we call on all our people in the North to read the clear writing on the wall and do the needful now!  If they cannot take cue from the recall of the killer herdsmen by the Northern elders to come back home, they must begin now to organize themselves in protective groups and take necessary measures to protect their lives, families and properties, since their safety may no longer be totally guaranteed by the present set up of Nigeria security agencies headed by almost the same set of people afflicting Nigerians.

“Hence, precipitating the Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide, Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, Niger Delta Youth Movement, Ogoni Youth Council and Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Council, other Southern Youth leaders under the Southern Nigeria Assembly to urgently call for a National (Youth) Dialogue of selected youth leaders from all ethnic nationalities in Nigeria and other critical stakeholders and the process of delegates invitation is on ahead of 30th September to 1st October, 2019 slated for Lagos. Details will be out soon.

“Based on this premise, the National Dialogue shall serve as a means to urgently nipping in the bud and proffering immediate panacea to the hydra headed monsters called armed Bandits/Killer Herdsmen on our various death points: intra-city and interstates highways, as well as addressing and setting the tone for a robust dialogue on other needful necessities: restructuring and new people’s constitution, economic integration and development, infrastructures, education, food security, youth and women empowerments, peace and security to mention a few”, it stated.

Present during the press conference were; SNA, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, President General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide represented by  Comrade Obinnna Achionye, Deputy President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide)/Co-convener, SNA, Barr. Pereotubo Oweilaemi, President, Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide/Co-convener, SNA, Comrade Pascal Chimezie, President, Southeast Young Professional Alliance/ National Liason Officer, SNA and Comrade Folarin O. Victor, Coordinator, South East Zone, YCYW.

Others included; Comrade Shiyanbade Akambi, Coordinator, Noth Central Zone, YCYW, Asiwaju Segun Nelson, Coordinator, South West Zone, YCYW , Amb. Daniel Nwokobia, Igba Godonz, President, Middle Belt Youths Forum, Comrade Jeff Joshua, President, Youth of All Nations, Comrade Umo Okoko,  Leader, Nigerian Ethnic Nationality Youth Leaders Forum, Comrade Enudi Marcus, President, Anioma Youth Council, Comrade Matthew O, President, Ogoni Youth Council and Comrade Obiagu Ikediobi Kingsley, Administrative Secretary, SNA.

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