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ABUJA: Youths of various ethnic nationalities in the country have kicked against the “body bags” threats by the Kaduna state Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai against foreign powers, describing the Governor as a “frustrated and drowning politician.”
The ethnic nationalities who were represented by their leaders were; the Arewa Youth Consultative Council, represented by Yerima Shettima; the Ohaneze Youth Council, represented by Nazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro; the Yoruba Council of Youths, represented by Aremo Oladotun Hassan and the Ijaw Youth Council, represented by Barr. Oweilami Pereotubo. Also among them are the Anioma Youth Council, represented by Comrade Enoh Marcus, and Comrade Bassey Henshaw, President, Efik Youths Worldwide among others.
Although the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had said that a partial ban of phones, particularly, at the point of casting votes may be implemented, the group, however, in a statement on Thursday, insisted that elections in Nigeria would be monitored even with phones.
The group held that the governor’s comment amounted to hate speech.
According to the group, “Our position is that the statement credited to Mallam el-Rufai is seditious, treasonable and a hate speech capable of breaching the peace. We are not going to fold our arms and allow one man to throw the entire country into confusion. Adequate legal action would be taken against him at the International Court of Justice,” said Aremo Oladotun.
Also speaking, Shettima, who is also an indigene of Kaduna state, said Governor el-Rufai is a “drowning, frustrated man” adding that “Arewa youths have come of age and are now well-informed to reject being used as tools of destruction.”