BY ABDULGAFAR OLADIMEJI, Kano
The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) hinted yesterday that it has slated next Monday, August 14, to make a definite pronouncement on the quit notice issued by Arewa youths to Igbos residing in the North to move out of the region.
The CNG said new lines of communication that are opening prompted the need for explicit pronouncement, which will be issued at an international press conference in Abuja on the fixed date.
The coalition urged Nigerians to continue to co-exist peacefully, emphasizing that the struggle is primarily intellectual and non-violent.
According to a statement signed by spokesman of the group, Abdulazeez Suleiman, CNG said the struggle enjoyed enormous understanding, support and encouragement from the public.
The statement accused the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, of allegedly planting the seed of friction in the corporate existence of Nigeria as a country.
CNG stated: “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 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.
“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, the 10-man peace committee comprising selected members from Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) and Igbo Leaders in the North yesterday failed to produce a communiqué as mandated.
The peace committee set up last Friday was given 72 hours to roll out a communiqué that would usher in peace and lasting solution to the quit notice issued the Igbos in the North by Arewa youths.
The committee yesterday adjourned its sitting to August 18 to enable members embark on wide consultations with relevant stakeholders.
“We sat for more than three times and we found out that there are more issues on ground that should be extensively deliberated upon, if we really want to find any lasting solution and settle the dust already raised”, one of the committee members told LEADERSHIP in confidence.
Also, a statement jointly signed by Chief Chi Nwogu (representative of Igbo leaders), Alhaji Dauda S. Shamakiri (representative of the Coalition of Northern Groups) and Comrade Isa Tijjani (convener of the peace parley), noted that the committee sat severally to deliberate on issues, but could not resolve certain grey areas, compelling the representatives to proceed on further consultations.
“The Committee sat and deliberated extensively and agreed that there is need for further consultations from both sides. Accordingly, the meeting adjourned to reconvene in the next ten days where a final resolution on issues will be achieved”, the statement noted.