Let Biafra Go-says 52 Coalition of Northern Youths
By Aisha Usman, Kaduna
52 members of the Coalition of Northern Groups, (CNG) has called on the Federal Government and the United Nations, (UN) to allow the exit of Igbo Nation called Biafra.
The 52 members addressed the media on Tuesday saying they were exhausted by the ceaseless violence across the country and would prefer to have Biafra out of Nigeria. Few years ago, the CNG had asked Igbos and Southerners living in the North to leave.
The CNG spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman in a communiqué read to the media said the country has never experienced the current level of insecurity since her independence in 1960.
The CNG said “We finally wish to renew our request for the global community’s intervention in persuading Nigerian authorities and the United Nations to facilitate the final actualization of the Biafran dream by the Igbo. The CNG has been a critique of President Mohammadu Buhari’s government. It is uncertain if the latest call was an attempt to mock the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) and make request that would jeopardise the aspiration and politics of the regime or a genuine call for Igbo self determination.
The CNG said that between December 2020 and April 2021, over 970 students were abducted from their schools in the Northern part of Nigeria with a substantial number still in captivity and some violently executed.
“The CNG hereby resolves to call on our friends and the international community, the UK especially, to understand that our bilateral friendship is guided by the principles of sovereignty, promotion of peace and the standards that guide legitimate interference. Hence, their intervention, exclamations and actions should not be drawn to discountenance the effort of the Nigerian state to protect citizens from violence and terror” CNG said
“The world should keep in mind that by far, a destabilised Nigeria will certainly threaten the peace and security of the entire sub-Saharan Africa.
“In the South, gangs of armed IPOB militia, violent secessionists and an assortment of militant groups appear to sense a huge vacuum in the capacity and political will by the Federal Government to challenge them, which they exploit with disastrous consequences on the nation’s security assets and specifically on northern communities and individuals living as minorities in the South while the presidency wallows in deflecting the issue.”
The CNG, however, attacked the Indigenous People of Biafra, saying it “is now taking a more ominous and repulsive form and context with open declaration of violence and anarchy against other parts of Nigeria and the Nigerian State.”