Arewa youths demand unconditional release of CNG's leader arrested by police

Arewa youths demand unconditional release of CNG's leader arrested by police

- The AYCF has asked the Nigeria police to release a leader of CNG, Nastura Ashir Shariff, without any further delay

- Shariff was said to have been arrested on Tuesday, June 16, by the police for protesting incessant killings in Katsina state

- The national president of AYCF, Yerima Shettima, however, said that the police violated Shariff's constitutional provision of the rights of citizens to peaceful protest

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The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has demanded the unconditional release of the chairman, board of trustees for Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), Nastura Ashir Shariff, arrested by police in Katsina on Tuesday, June 16.

Legit.ng reports that a terse media statement by AYCF and signed by its national president, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, said the demand for the unconditional release of Shariff was based on the constitutional provision of the rights of citizens to peaceful protest.

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The youth leader was reportedly taken to Abuja Force Headquarters of the Nigeria Police for protesting against the killings in Katsina, the home state of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Arewa youths demand unconditional release of CNG's leader arrested by police
The national president of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), Alhaji Yerima Shettima. Credit: Yerima Shettima.
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The group, however, said that it was odd for a peaceful protester to be arrested by the police under a democratic system of governance, saying "even President Buhari once benefitted from peaceful street protest many years back and it was helpful to his democratic struggles."

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the AYCF warned the special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, to desist from making unguarded utterances against Prof. Ango Abdullahi and the Northern Elders Forum (NEF).

It was reported that the leader of the group Shettima said the presidential spokesman insulted the north by his recent comments on the leaders of the geo-political zone.

The group noted that it took exception to Adesina's choice of words against Prof. Abdullahi for conveying the true feelings of millions of northerners.

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AYCF said it found it unfathomable that telling the truth to the power by the northern elders could warrant abuses from the presidential spokesman.

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In another report, AYCF commended Nigeria's First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, over her boldness and courage in telling the truth regardless of who is involved including her husband.

It was reported that the group described Buhari's wife as a shining example of a sincere guardian in today's Nigeria.

Shettima said the First Lady is a guardian like no other, adding that apart from telling the bitter truth, even to the president - when his aides decide to be silent, she has a reputation for helping people who badly need help.

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