The Northern Youth Leaders Forum has said it will assemble youths in 19 northern states and Abuja to repel the second phase of the #EndSARS protest.
According to the group, the second wave of protests was an attempt to open the way for a military raid on in a way of a coup and possible breakdown of the country.
The youth forum, an umbrella body of 42 northern youth groups, said it reached the decision at the end of the National Executive Council meeting of the body in Gombe.
NYLF Chairman, Elliot Afiyo, said this in Yola on Tuesday, adding that the group is prepared for a violent encounter with #EndSARS protesters in any part of the North.
He said, “From the intelligence reports we received from our zonal and state coordinators and also from some of our members in the security circle, the second wave of these protests as planned by their sponsors, should not be allowed to take place in any of the northern states and Abuja.
“We are in possession of credible intelligence reports which shows that, the sponsors of these protests have strategised to bring down completely the already recessed Nigerian economy so as to give way for a military takeover and final disintegration of the country which we considered and truly too, unacceptable.
“To this end, we want to sound a serious warning to the organizers and all their sponsors to discontinue their plans and embrace dialogue or face whatever consequences as a result of the protests. All our zonal and state chapters are fully mobilised and prepared for violent confrontation with the protesters in any part of the North and Abuja.”
The youth forum insisted that if the government was being assessed as failed and the right thing to do is to change it through the ballot box in 2023.
The group however called for the complete amendment of the nation’s security architecture in addressing the security challenge.