By Lucky Uwakina (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, AYCF, has denied allegations that it threatened that the North would go to war if President Mohammadu Buhari was removed by southerners.
In a statement by the National President of the group, Yerima Shettima, and signed by its legal adviser, Barrister Abubakar Liman, the group said reports on some online and traditional news outlets that Shettima had threatened was in the event of Buhari’s removal from office, were concocted lie that should be ignored.
The statement read:
“The attention of the AYCF has been drawn to a news by an online platform, in which our National President was purportedly threatening war against the EndSARS protests.
“The online newspapers’ sensational and fictitious news stories said our National President has declared that “North will go to war if Southerners remove Buhari”. This is a concoction of the publishers’ riotous imagination. We therefore state as follows:-
“Our National President – Alhaji Yerima Shettima has never ever been associated with combative or violent protest to opposing views, for whatever reason
“Our National President has always been a Democrat, following legitimate constitutional processes in his agitations and it is for this reason he has built a record of fearless activism but free of violence.
“The AYFC is a platform of matured citizens who strongly believe in deepening Nigeria’s democracy.
“The false claim of war being attributed to our National President was indeed malicious and we will not take it lying low.
“Just like our National President, we are unapologetic in the promotion of democracy through legal and legitimate means, in line with the nation’s constitution, which supports presentation of grievances with respect to the Rule of Law.”