Anambra Youth Movement, AYM, on Sunday said it would liaise with youths from other South-East states to shut down the region over the onslaught against the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, as well as refusal of Nigerian government to heed calls for restructuring.
AYM coordinator, Christian Nwakaeze, in a statement in Awka, warned the government to release all detained members of IPOB, and dialogue with the group to ensure lasting peace in the country.
He said while AYM was not calling for secession, it believed that a restructured Nigeria through a referendum would go a long way to making everybody understand why IPOB members were making their demands.
The statement read in part: “It is unfortunate that those in power, who are shouting one Nigeria everyday are even the people who are causing the division through their unpopular decisions.
“We understand that the unlawful declaration of IPOB as a terrorist group was done deliberately to satisfy the wish of the Arewa youths who threatened Nnamdi Kanu.
“It is on record that Shetima, leader of the Arewa youths, said with the support of his people, he would make sure that Kanu would be rearrested and that he would ensure that Kanu and members of his group were declared a terrorist group.
“Surprisingly, within two days of the threat, the Federal Government sought Kanu’s arrest and we all thought it was a hoax until the invasion of his house and erroneous declaration of IPOB as a terrorist group by the Nigerian Army who are yet to arrest a single Fulani militia or even Shetima of Arewa youths that was earlier declared wanted.”