The national chairman of Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF), Comrade Elliot Afiyo has revealed that #EndSARS protest are sponsored by elements who want to induce coup d’etat in the country.
Afiyo who counselled proponents of the protests to desist from going ahead with it said, his group has fully mobilized resources to violently counter such protests, should they hold anywhere in the north.
Elliot who said the position was ratified at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of NYLF in Gombe State last week, said, the group has fully mobilized to carry out the action to stem the I’ll motive of some unpatriotic Nigerians aimed at further pulverising the country’s economy.
” From intelligence report we received from our zonal and state coordinators and also from some of our members in the security circle, the second wave of these protests as planned by their sponsors, should not be allowed to take place in any of the northern states and Abuja.
” We are in possession of credible intelligence report which shows that the sponsors of these protests have re-strategised to bring down completely the already recessed Nigerian economy so as to give way for a military takeover and final disintegration of the country which we considered and truly too unacceptable.
” To this end, we want to sound a serious warning to the organizers and all their sponsors to discontinue their plans and embrace dialogue or face whatever consequences as a result of the protests.
” All our zonal and state chapters are fully mobilized and prepared for violent confrontation with the protesters in any part of the north and Abuja. The federal and northern states governments and all the security agencies are hereby notified by the press conference to take proactive measures to avert this impending crisis.
” It is our belief and generally too that our democratic system has provided enough room for setting or solving our problems. If this government is perceived to be a failed government, then we ought to change it through the ballot box in 2023,” Afiyo said.
He noted that despite the fact that the protests have created awareness and reawakening spirit not only among the youths but also among the elites, the fact that it was hijacked by miscreants and charlatans who destroyed and loot both government and private properties should make people to reject it.
“The protests were hijacked by miscreants and charlatans who took the singular advantage to destroying and looting government and private properties.
” These acts brought colossal losses and brought down the economy especially the northern states.
“We have witnessed with great dismay, the magnitude and negative impacts of these protests in this very state in Adamawa where some criminal youths went as far as carrying tractors as palliatives.
“While condemning such acts, we are mindful of the fact that the youths were forced by the economic hardship in the country. We also frown at the decision of some state governors who harbour palliatives in warehouses instead of sharing to the people,” Afiyo added.
The group which frowned at the social insecurity in the north said it is a signal that the government has failed in its most important responsibility.
” We are very much concerned with the security challenges of insurgency, kidnapping and banditry in the country especially in the northwest and north-east. We are pained that human beings are being slaughtered like chickens on daily basis. The massive killings in Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina and Kebbi States which are on daily basis are not reported by either the print or electronic media,” he noted.