A coalition of Northern and Igbo youths has cautioned the Northern Elders Forum on its call for Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika’s trial at the International Crime Court (ICC).
It said the elders should not destroy the young generation with hatred, division and mistrust.
Addressing a joint news briefing in Abuja, the presidents of the Ohanaeze Ndi-Igbo Youth Organisation, Comrade Uzoh Ifeanyi and Northern Youth Leaders Assembly, Comrade Tijani Kabiru Mohammed, said the elders were seeking media attention and looking for the spoils of the political economy of their self-made crisis.
They said the feeling among Igbo youths was that the North could still not imagine that an Igbo man could head the Army, while northern youths were given the impression that an Igbo man commanded a troop to kill northerners.
“We the northern and Igbo youths have built bridges of fraternity and friendship and do not want anybody to lead us back to the hatred and bitterness of the civil war era.
“As Nigerians, we are united in search of a solution to our national challenges. It could be suffocating when wisdom vanishes from the heads of elders.
“We, the youth, have a duty to tell them that they are wrong and should stop. The country is yet to recover from the threats issued by some of them in 2011. We can hardly afford another crisis,” the youths said.
They condemned attempt by the elders forum to create tension, disunity, instability and hatred, urging them to stop inciting Nigerians against one another.
Source: Radio Biafra.