The federal government has been called upon to arrest Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB or face mass protest by the Arewa Youth Assembly, AYA, a group from the northern part of the country.
According to the group, the IPOB leader has violated his bail conditions and such acts is capable of distabilising the country, Premium Times reports.
Voice of Ndigbo had reported that Kanu is standing trial over treasonable offences but was granted bail by a Federal High Court in Abuja on April 28 under stringent bail conditions.
In a statement signed on Friday by its speaker and made available to Premium Times, Mohammed Salihu and clerk, Desmond Minakaro, AYA gave the acting president Yemi Osinbajo 10 days to order the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu.
The group also threatened to shut down federal government activities in the Federal Capital Territory if Osinbajo fails to meet its demands.
“The leadership of Arewa Youth Assembly has observed with keen interest the high level of lawlessness in the country and the silence of government on issues that are capable of disintegrating the country.
“The level of insecurity and youth agitations call for concern by all well-meaning Nigerians. These threats have turned our country into a place of uncertainty and now a laughing stock within the international communities. Nigerians now live in a state of fear and trauma,” the group noted.
“The most surprising and amazing of these is that the federal government is watching while Nnamdi Kanu is creating a state within a state, threatening to stop Anambra state gubernatorial election, holding rallies in South-South and South-East and using provocative and inciting words, granting interviews to the press, which pose a threat to national unity and security.” the statement added.
The new group however is different from Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, which issued an ultimatum to all Igbos living in the northern part of the country to vacate the region on or before October 1.
Meanwhile, following Nnamdi Kanu’s visit to Imo state on Friday, July 28, some youths of the state have thrown their support behind the state and federal government.
The youths said they are in support of the state governor, Rochas Okorocha and President Muhammadu Buhari and would not support the agitation for secession.
Coordinators of the various youth bodies, Azunnaya Andrew, Emeka Igwe, GTC Samuel and Jeff Nwoha, who spoke at a press conference, said they condemned the pro-Biafra rally in the state.