Gentlemen of the press,
The Coalition of Northern Groups met in Nigeria’s Federal Capital, Abuja and reviewed the position taken by the National Council of State on the current ethnic tensions at its meeting on Thursday August 18, 2017 under the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo. At the end of our deliberations, we arrived at the following resolutions:
- That we find the all-encompassing address by the Acting President to the National Executive Council highly commendable and statesmanlike and hereby concur with and support the position of the NCS in its totality.
- Specifically, we support and concur with the Acting President’s firm position that henceforth all forms of hate speeches be termed as acts of terror and be dealt with accordingly.
- Importantly too, we support the strong statement of the Acting President that the silence is some community leaders in the face of incitive provocations by their kith is responsible for the escalation of the current threats to national security and integration.
- It should be recalled that in subsequent correspondences particularly with the Acting President and the International Community since the Kaduna Declaration, our Coalition has maintained that the conspiratorial silence of all the Igbo, especially all their political, cultural and religious leaders was responsible for emboldening the unpatriotic and violence-prone actions of the Indigenous Peoples Of Biafra (IPOB) and its leader Nnamdi Kanu.
- It is indeed the concern of the inherent consequences of that implied endorsement of IPOB’s incessant threats of war and genocide by the Igbo leaders and elders that partly informed our pre-emptive decision to include the relocation of the Igbo clause in the Kaduna Declaration.
- Recall also that we have pointed out to the International Community at the earliest opportunity that the conducts of Kanu and IPOB clearly amounts to acts of terror as defined by international treaties and conventions.
- We are happy therefore, that the Nigerian authorities have finally come to the same conclusion and call on all well-meaning and patriotic Nigerians to support and encourage the government in its renewed resolve to deal with warmongering, hate speeches and incitement to violence in all their manifestations everywhere in the country.
- We also call on the National Assembly to initiate the promulgation of a law to criminalize all forms of hate speeches as well as violent agitations and provide appropriate punishment thereto.