In a statement released on Thursday, July 13, the group’s spokesperson, Abul-Azeez Suleiman stated that IPOB and Kanu have intensified their violent divisive campaign in their calls for a secession.
Concerned about IPOB’s recent threats, the northern youths warned that the pro-Biafra group’s continued action was a clear signal that it is still committed to breaking away from Nigeria, despite government’s genuine efforts towards ensuring lasting peace and stability in the country.
“We became concerned that Kanu has finally crossed the boundaries of Nigerian laws and has blatantly breached international laws that specifically frown at the use of terror to achieve a goal,” the group said.
While commending Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for adhering to the advice in its earlier letter in which it pointed out the necessity for urgent action to curtail Kanu and his IPOB’s activities, the group said:
“Commendably, the Acting President initiated series of talks with regional leaders and made genuine moves towards ensuring lasting peace and stability.
“We sincerely commend the efforts of the Acting President and those regional leaders who cooperated with him in dousing tension with the aim of creating a conducive environment for meaningful discussions.
“However, notwithstanding all these efforts by the Acting President and responsible national and regional leaders, Kanu and IPOB remain undaunted and even intensified their violent divisive campaign which is the main bone of contention.
“The peak of the insolence came when Kanu publicly announced that he would order former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his entire family killed.”
Consequently, the group said it has officially written to the United Nation, calling for its urgent intervention in two key areas:
“1. That the UN invokes the relevant statutes to which Nigeria is a signatory to pronounce Kanu and IPOB as terror outfits, proscribe their activities and initiate criminal actions against them.
“2. Since it is becoming all the more obvious -by the way IPOB and Kanu enjoy massive support from the Igbo back home- that the issue of the drive for Biafra nation is still a boiling issue, we urged the UN to intervene by initiating processes for a peaceful referendum as the only option to finally settle the Biafran issue.”
While waiting for the UN and Nigerian authorities response, the group reaffirmed and restated its stand on non-violence and faith in one peaceful Nigeria.
The group of northern youths are the same group who in an earlier reaction to agitations for the realisation of Biafra, had issued an October 1st quit notice to Igbos living in the north.
Meanwhile, in response to calls for Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to step down if Buhari resigns, another group of northerners under the aegis of the Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF) has said the fate of the country cannot be decided by a few.