Don’t Dare Us, Arewa Youth Forum Warns MEND…Says You Have No Monopoly of Violence
The Arewa Youth Forum (AYF) has reacted to the threat by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) to begin attacks on Muslims and their places of worship from May 31 in retaliation for Boko Haram’s killing of Christians.
Reacting to the threat in Abuja, National President of the youth body, Alhaji Ibrahim Gambo Gujungu promised to deal a deadly blow on Southern Nigeria if MEND should attack any Mosque or kill any Muslim.
The AYF also warned MEND not to arrogate to itself the monopoly of violence adding that any attack by MEND will be “adequately” replied.
”The most recent threat by MEND is indeed, unfortunate, callous and counterproductive, especially coming at a time when patriotic Nigerians are making strident effort and sacrifices to resolve the current security challenge.
“MEND, as usual, is putting spanners in the works for unpatriotic selfish economic benefits. It is painful that these elements are threatening more violence despite the colossal amount being paid their leadership and the training of Niger Delta youths abroad by the Federal Government to the obvious disadvantage of other Nigerian youths outside the region.
“It is very sad and mind boggling to note that instead of supporting and ensuring that President Jonathan succeeds in finding a lasting solution to the present security challenge in the north, MEND has re-opened another insecurity theatre in the Niger Delta to cause distraction and make him fail.
“The obvious disrespect, which MEND shows to President Jonathan as not being among those they respect enough to intervene in the ongoing debacle, is food for thought, to say the least,” Gujungu noted.
But the spokesperson of the defunct Niger-Delta Liberation Force, NDLF, Captain Mark Anthony has threw his weight behind the planned attack by MEND.
In his words: “If MEND can carry out their threat, it will be a welcome development, the Christians Boko Haram roasted with bombs in hundreds are human beings…”
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