The Arewa Youths Council (AYC) has given the Katsina state government Aminu Bello Masari 48 hours to either release a former student union leader, Ibrahim Bature who is currently in detention for alleged hate speech or take him to court.
In a statement signed by its president Comrade Bello Balo and copy made available to irukkanews,they warned failure to do this the governor would risk the collapse of all activities in the state as they are ready to mobilize their armless battalion to Katsina state within the time frame for show down with government.
Comrade Ibrahim Bature Dutsin-ma was allegedly arrested by the state government over some comments he made about the governor seeking foreign loan.
The youths said because of this, the state government obtained a court order to arrest and detained him since in prison. According to them, the action is nothing but callous, abuse of fundamental human right and upturning the rule of law. They said It is a move to kill democracy in Nigeria which all lovers of justice and freedom must condemn.
“We in the Arewa Youth Council see his detention as a move by the governor to crush his rivals early enough to clear his way for safe return to Katsina Government house come 2019.” The statement read in part.
Commenting on the matter, Comrade Mohammed Auwal Jibrin a former NANS leader and a member of youth mobilisation committee to former President Jonathan 2015 presidential campaign organisations described the act as a show of shame to democracy and freedom of speech entrenched in chapter four of the constitution of the federal republic of nigeria.
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He also said that governor Masari plans to obtain a loan despite all the allocation received from the Federation account including the bailout as well as the Paris club refund paid to the state in two trenches amounting to billions of Naira but was not properly utilized when compare with how the state was developed by the immediate past administration of Ibrahim Shema.
However, in a phone conversation with KATSINA POST, Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media Abdulhadi Ahmad Bawa informed us that efforts are already in advance stage for the release of the Comrade who himself agreed to have erred and provocative statements like this are capable of scuttling all the efforts made in this regards.
He therefore advise them to be very careful in what they said to leaders and their approach towards issues like this.