2 January 2013

Nigeria: Kaduna Youths Condemn Reemergence of Divisive Politics

Zaria — Youths under the auspices of Youth Initiative for Peaceful Development in Kaduna (YIPDEP) yesterday in Zaria condemned what they called efforts of some elements to disrupt the peace of the state over the choice of the state deputy governor.

Rising from a general meeting at Alhudahuda College Zaria, YIPDEP said the pledge by a section of the state not to cooperate with the Yero-led government amounts to call for anarchy.

"The recent position taken by some groups under the umbrella of Coalition of Southern Kaduna Youth, Concern Southern Kaduna Professionals and SOKAPU Youth Wing has placed the state in a negative publicity. This is coming at a time when the state is still mourning the demise of Sir Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa.

"We note with serious concern the protest from a section of the state over the choice of Ambassador Nuhu Bajoga as the new deputy governor for the state. This protest is laced with selfish, parochial and sinister motives. This is so because it is not the credibility of Bajoga that is been questioned rather his inability to represent sectional interest. And they went ahead to mention names from among which a deputy should be chosen else the threat of non cooperation with the government. This threat can only mean one thing; violence.

"And the fact that none of the people mentioned has denounced and distanced himself with this evil and divisive position makes us believe they are in fact the sponsors of these acts. We still wonder why those that aspire to lead a plural society like ours want to make a start as tribal and sectional champions. Or is the office of deputy governor supposed to be serving a particular section of the state only?" the communiqué signed by Umar Yahaya and Magaji MS Danyaro said.

YIPDEP called on security agencies not to take the threat lightly, as non-cooperation with government may mean sabotage, which can lead to breakdown of law and order.

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