The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, has been given 48 hours by the Arewa Youths Council, AYC, to release a former student union leader, Ibrahim Bature or face a court case.
Bature is currently in detention for alleged hate speech.
The ultimatum was contained in a statement signed by its president, Comrade Bello Balo and made available to newsmen.
The AYC warned that they would shut down the state if he fails to release Bature as they are ready to mobilize their members to Katsina state within the time frame.
Bature was allegedly arrested over the comment he made about the governor seeking foreign loan.
The AYC statement said, “On August 29th 2017, Gov.Masari charged the young fellow to the Katsina magistrate court 1 with some frivolous allegations bordering on offences yet to be obtained by this report and he has since been reminded in prison custody, and effort to bring the matter again after it was first adjourned to another date for hearing has not been successful as the magistrate keep on adjourning the date just to suffer the suspect for unknown reason.
“Ibrahim Bature a former student union leader from university of Maiduguri who holds masters of science degree with specialisation in animal physiology from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and launched his gubernatorial aspiration for 2019 in June this year which was tagged ‘time for the youths’
“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.”