The Government of Zamfara State has warned its Osun counterpart against repatriating Northern youths who allegedly sneaked into the South-Western state.
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The Special Adviser to the Zamfara State Governor on Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications, Zailani Bappa, made its position known in a statement on Thursday.
Earlier on Wednesday, Osun raised the alarm over the influx of northern youths, especially Zamfara indigenes, into the state.
Stating that the Osun Amotekun Corps has been notified to arrest and repatriate the “strangers,” the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor of Osun State, Prince Adeyanju Biniyo, accused the northerners of “sneaking” into the state.
On his part, Bappa faulted Binuyo’s claim, saying that the Zamfara’s youths are Nigeria citizens who can reside in any state.
The statement read in part:
The attention of Zamfara State Government was drawn to a story credited to the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor of Osun State, Prince Adeyanju Abdullahi Biniyo, where he alleged “an influx of Zamfara indigenes” into the state and described it as “dangerous”.
As if the entrants brought in war, he also called on the Osun indigenes ‘not to panic’ as the state has instructed Amotekun to fish them out and ensure that anyone escorting trucks that offload goods is turned back and escorted out of the state.
Doubtlessly, the above position as portrayed by the Deputy Chief of Staff is not statesmanly and smacks of bad taste. Indeed, it is condescending and totally negates good practices expected of leaders in a Federal setting such as Nigeria.
It is, therefore, against federal law to instruct Amotekun to arrest “all Northern Youth who had escaped into the state by hiding in trucks” as quoted by Mr Binuyo for deportation back to their so-called state of origin.
Nigeria and the World at large is facing a serious and challenging pandemic. All civilised societies are joining hands together to fight the spread of this pandemic and even extending helping hands to others. It is, therefore, disheartening that Osun state will take the path of isolating assumed outsiders and segregating what should be a common fight by all Nigerians.