The Arewa Youth Assembly, AYA, on Wednesday, August 9, staged a peaceful protest in Abuja, demanding that the Federal Government should effect the arrest of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.
Recall that the group from the northern part of the country had called upon the Federal Government to arrest Nnamdi Kanu for violating his bail conditions or face mass protest.
According to the group, the IPOB leader has violated his bail conditions and that his antics threaten peaceful coexistence of the people of Nigeria.
In a statement signed on Friday, July 27, by the speakers of AYA, Mohammed Salihu and clerk, Desmond Minakaro, the youth assembly gave the acting president Yemi Osinbajo 10 days to order the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu.
It also threatened to shut down Federal Government activities in the Federal Capital Territory if Osinbajo fails to meet its demands.
Following the lapse of its 10-day ultimatum the northern youth group took to the streets of Maitama, Abuja, to re-state its demand during a peaceful protest march.
Scores of members of the group assembled at the Unity Fountain in the Central Business District at about 9 a.m. and marched to the junction of the Presidential Villa.
They warned the Federal Government that it risks their wrath if it delays in meeting the demand to take Mr. Kanu back into custody.
The protesters, who were escorted by operatives of the Nigeria Police Force from a distance before the group dispersed shortly before noon, displayed banners with inscriptions, “The unity of Nigeria is nonnegotiable; Arrest Nnamdi Kanu now; “Nnamdi Kanu is Undermining the Sovereignty of Nigeria.”
Mr. Kanu was granted bail by a Federal High Court in Abuja on April 28 on stringent conditions, some of which is to avoid speaking with the press or being in a crowd of more than 10 persons.
Speaking to Premium Times, Mohammed Salihu, who spoke for the northern youth group, reiterated its threat to shut down government activities in Abuja if the acting president fails to act as it had demanded.
“I will be very brief. We organised this peaceful protest as a warning and reminder to Federal Government to arrest Nnamdi Kanu now.
“The Arewa Youth Assembly will not make a U-turn on its decisions. We intend to carry out our proposed plans and nothing can stop us.
“We will mobilize thousands of youth to shut down government activities in Abuja after our congress meeting next week Saturday,” he said.
Reacting to the call for his re-arrest, Kanu said: “If you arrest me, Biafra will come even quicker than we anticipate. I am not afraid of being arrested. I have been there before and if need be I will also be there again.
“I will be very happy if they re-arrest me. If we are hoping for 90 percent compliance with the boycott of Anambra State Governorship election, my arrest will make the compliance 100 percent”.