The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum on Tuesday condemned what it referred to as a random arrest of 486 northerners in Abia State as suspected Boko Haram insurgents.
The group said it was certain that virtually all the arrested northerners had no link with Boko Haram, warning the South-East governors that such action was capable of fuelling enmity between the northerners and southerners.
The President of AYCF, Alhaji Yerima said that the group was worried that a continuation of such arrests could lead to the break-up of Nigeria.
He said, “This gives us a lot of worry. Are these South-East governors or whoever is at the helms of affairs doing this in the interest of this country or to cause more hatred for our people, so that the country will break up?
Those who are acting out this script of disintegration are not helping this country, especially at this challenging period.