As the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the December 2015 killings in Zaria, Kaduna state continues to sit, the Arewa youths Intellectual forum have raised an alarm over alleged plots to politicize the investigation ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The National Secretary of the forum, Mr. Peter Bawa, who stated this while briefing journalistsyesterday in Abuja, alleged that there are plans by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN to pitch the Federal Government against the Kaduna State Government in the investigation
Bawa vowed that it will do all it can to resist the sinister attempt to politicize and rubbish the investigation into the Zaria incident.
He urged the Federal Government to do everything possible to stop the radicalisation and militarisation of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria IMN, or any other group, sect or religion that has the indoctrination of youths as its focus.
According to him, “ It is out of our desire to prevent a repeat of the trauma that Arewa Youths have endured and must never be allowed to experience again, We are worried that the various probes of the Zaria incident are at risk of being politicised d and the narrative hijacked by the IMN”.
He said, “These elements are trying to create unnecessary bad blood between the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Nigerian Army and the Kaduna State Government as a last resort to remain relevant in the minds of Nigerians and to impress the foreign powers that are bankrolling them.
“ We should all be worried that persons who are citizens of this country are the ones undermining not just its sovereignty but are also bent on wiping Nigerian off the map of the world as we currently know it
While lamenting the stigma that the Northern youths have passed through as a result of the December 2015 incident, Bawa said, “when Boko Haram insurgency became a national, regional and later an international nuisance it was the youths of northern origin that bore and still bear the brunt of the sins of these extremists.
“Whenever we travel to cities outside of our home states we are given that derisive look on public transport, at job interviews, in open spaces, and any other place that we are compelled to be by necessity.
“Since Arewa Youth has been known as a Boko Haram sympathizer, we are profiled by the security agents of these countries on the assumption that the search for radicalised youths is more effective when confined to youths of our extractions”he said
“We have signed up to being part of a secular Nigeria and therefore we are at a loss as to where IMN wants to drag this country to in pursuit of sectarianism that is well funded enough to attempt discrediting not just the Army but is also bent on rubbishing the Judicial Panel with the Kaduna state government that set it up.


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