Press Statement by the Coalition Of Northern Groups (CNG)

It should be recalled that in the wake of the Kaduna Declaration,  our Coalition wrote a letter to the Acting President, His Excellency Professor Yemi Osinbajo in which we pointed out the necessity of urgent action to curtail Nnamdi Kanu and his IPOB’s activities.

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 tensions with the aim of creating a conducive environment for meaningful discussions.

Also reassuring are the condemnations of IPOB by credible Southern and national leaders who were hitherto silent while the group dangerously pushed Nigeria to the brink.

Prominent among these is Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, a respected former Nigerian president and by all accounts, a reputable African statesman.

The genuine concerns shown by a cross section of the civil society, organized peace movements and other well meaning Nigerians across board are also reassuring of our collective desire for peace and national stability.

It is on record that in line with our discipline and cultured upbringing, we remained  respectful  and loyal to Nigerian authorities and reposed confidence in the Acting President’s initiative by refusing to be drawn into unnecessary diversionary controversies.

However,  othwithstanding 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 borne of contention.

Their continued action is a clear signal that they are committed to breaking away from the Nigerian federation which buttresses our earlier concerns.

The peak of the insolence came when Kanu publicly announced that he would order former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his entire family killed.

Worried by these recent threats,  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.

Accordingly,  as law abiding citizens we wrote officially to the United Nations and urged its urgent intervention in the following 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 we 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.

Finally,  as we patiently await the decision of the UN and the Nigerian authorities, we reaffirm  our faith in one peaceful Nigeria and restate our stand on nonviolence.


Thank you.