They made the call in a communique issued after a roundtable discussion recently held in Lagos on the rising spate of killings across the country. Of special focus to them are the communal clashes, farmers/herders conflicts and attacks by bandits in Zamfara, Taraba, Adamawa, Kaduna, Benue, Kogi, Nasarawa, Plateau and across at least eight other states of the country.
The meeting, which had representatives of over 200 other groups in attendance declared that “the current dangerous situation which places the younger generation of Nigerians at the receiving end of all the violent incidences is unacceptable and must be halted”.
At the end of the two-day discussions, the meeting convened by the National President, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), Mallam Yerima Usman Yetima, resolved to give a two-week ultimatum to President Muhammadu Buhari and all the stakeholders in the Nigeria project to act decisively to avoid the consequential backlash of overstressing citizen’s patience.
“Nigeria, Africa and indeed the entire world may not be able to cope with the consequences of a full blown religious or ethnic war in Nigeria which the current dangerous trend portends.
“The situation also portends the immediate danger of scuttling the nation’s democratic order with the dire consequences of a drift to anarchy.
“We, therefore, call on Nigerian elders, leaders of thought, theological and cultural leaders as well as all Nigeria’s international friends to step in quickly and save the situation as any further delay could be dangerous.