The Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, has said that the fore-man of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, is sowing the seed of disunity in Nigeria.
The group in a statement issued after its town hall meeting in Kano on Monday, August 7, claimed that his recent orders that have grounded movement in the South East, have “foreclosed the avenues for an expected peaceful resolution” with regards to the quit notice issued by Arewa Youths to Igbos in the North.
According to the statement,
“his (Nnamdi Kanu) recent action of forcefully grounding movement of people including those from other regions by shutting down most South-East cities notwithstanding the mild and ineffective condemnation by some Igbo political, cultural and religious leaders has foreclosed the avenues for an expected early peaceful resolution.
“It is further justification of our concern expressed in the Kaduna Declaration and subsequent correspondences with the Acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the International Community.
“These renewed threats contained in Nnamdi Kanu ’s unwarranted utterances and actions compel us to push further for definite national and international action that would decide the Biafran matter to conclusion once and for all.
“In our usual truly patriotic aim to forestall the drift toward anarchy in Nigeria, and also to alert the international community as to where responsibility would ultimately lie if such momentous events ever came to pass, we have followed up our earlier effort by another round of initiatives of extending similar communications to relevant authorities.”
In addition, CNG said that, “accordingly, we have met with many leaders and groups with positive developments while our doors remain open for discussions with more groups, leaders and agencies genuinely interested in addressing the separatist issues with a view to finally achieving a peaceful and stable Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, a peace committee of Hausa and Igbo leaders on Monday suspended sitting for another 10 days to allow for more consultations.
The bi-partisan committee was set up on August 4 to proffer solution to growing tribal tentions sparked by a quit notice to Igbo people in the North has postponed.
It was scheduled to hold talks in Abuja on Monday as part of its self-imposed terms of reference.
“The meeting adjourned to reconvene in the next 10 days, where a final resolution on the contentious issues will be achieved,” a joint statement signed by representatives of Hausa and Igbo peacemakers said.
Igbo leaders were represented by Chi Nwogu; while Dauda Shamakiri of Coalition of Northern Groups represented the Hausa.
The 10-man panel is evenly split between the two tribes. Members are expected to debate all issues generated by a recent warning issued by a coalition of youth-based groups in the North that Nigerians of Igbo extraction living in the region must vacate by October 1.
The panel said its activities would resume in 10 days and that all resolutions shall be forwarded to relevant channels for implementation.
The June 6 provocative and divisive demand has been strongly condemned by leaders across the country, and Governor Nasir El-Rufai demanded prompt arrest of leaders of the Northern groups behind the call.