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Awka- Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) on Wednesday alleged that Biafra agitations by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were aimed at overthrowing President Muhammadu Buhari.
Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, spokesman of CNG, told journalists in Kano that the intent of IPOB is to make the country “ungovernable” for Buhari.
The group also called on northerners to resist the urge to fall for reprisal attacks over the alleged attack on some Northerners in the South East.
CNG urged northerners in all parts of the country to remain calm and law-abiding and not be “dragged into taking laws into their hands”.
“As cultured people with a long history of tolerance and respect for constituted authorities, we call on Northerners to resist the temptation of carrying out reprisals and playing to the gallery,” the group said.
“Northerners in line with their disciplined nature must refuse at this point to be dragged into taking the law in their hands through unnecessary and unproductive confrontation with members of any sectional, ethnic or religious group.
“We must remain peacefully focused, mutually respectful, trusting and tolerant as we repose confidence in the ability and committed willingness of the Nigerian security agencies to handle the situation as well as protect the lives and properties of every Nigerian anywhere.
“The agitations and disturbances that have been ongoing ceaselessly since the coming to power of the Muhammadu Buhari and Yemi Osinbajo administration in 2015, are aimed at rendering the country practically ungovernable, and ushering in of anarchy and instability, thereby occasioning a change of government by whatever means and tactics.
“Targeting President Buhari’s administration and singling him for attacks and irrelevant treatment is aimed at causing inter-regional crisis possibly leading to general unrest.
“Our stand on the current situation in Nigeria is that we will not fall to that instigation to allow a possibly foreigner or a mad man to plunge us into this unnecessary madness.
“We, therefore, dedicate effort in creating the right conditions for peaceful negotiations with other peace-loving groups in every situation on the political dispensation that should emerge now or in the future.”
Kanu Alleges Fresh Plot To Kill Him
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), on Wednesday alleged fresh plot to kill him, saying it may be necessary to review his non-violent posture in the struggle for the actualisation of Biafra.
Kanu said that as much as his group tries to keep the peace, federal agencies deliberately provoke crisis and threaten peace in the South East.
In a statement, signed by him, he regretted that he will not be able to attend a meeting scheduled for Friday by the South East governors because, according to him, Nigerian soldiers had stationed troops in Enugu to kill him.
“In view of the concerted effort by the oppressive Nigerian state to shatter the peace and tranquility of the South East and the rest of Biafraland through military intimidation, it has become necessary for me to clarify why, regrettably, I may not be able to attend Friday’s meeting with the South East governors as earlier agreed, for three main reasons.
“We are currently busy attending to our dead and injured from this latest round of unprovoked military onslaught against innocent civilians in our own land. All the casualties so far were shot by men of the Nigerian army deployed to my house and those stationed along motor ways leading into Umuahia my hometown.
“I have been reliably informed also, that a detachment of this same soldiers responsible for the murder of innocent unarmed IPOB family members have now been stationed near Enugu to ambush and assassinate me on my way to the meeting with the governors on Friday.
“On that same Friday, the 15th of September 2017, the leadership of IPOB through the instrumentality of the Directorate of State (DoS) headquartered in Germany, will be meeting to vote on the viability or otherwise of continuing our struggle in this non-violent manner.
“There is urgent need to begin the process of defending ourselves in the face of relentless murderous attacks from the Nigerian state”, he said.
Kanu said “it was impossible to engage in any meaningful conversation with the governors in the midst of so much bloodshed, abductions and military siege of our town and villages.
“For that reason, IPOB will not engage in any meeting with anybody until the atmosphere is conducive and peaceful enough to allow for such.”
He said the siren-blaring military convoys and armoured vehicles occupying the entire South East region is not only designed to intimidate the people but also deliberately primed to scuttle the IPOB/South East governors’ meeting of Friday 15th September”, he noted.
He thanked all those who have risen to condemn the killing of “innocent Biafrans by the Nigerian military.”
“Above all, I salute the steadfastness, devotion and total commitment to freedom from eternal slavery by the great IPOB family in Biafraland. I assure you that I remain resolute and dedicated to our shared vision of freedom regardless of the cost and visionless antics of the mindless oppressor.
“We have since crossed the Red Sea and arrived at the shores of the Promised Land. We have our trumpets ready to begin the great march around the evil walls of Jericho, and I assure you that in no distant time, the walls of Jericho will come crashing down.
“We can still hear the cries of Pharaoh and his horsemen as they are swallowed up by the Red Sea, chariots and all. Victory is ours! Victory is assured!!”