Northern youths reaffirm exit call, want referendum on Biafra

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We restate our determination and commitment to ensuring that the north will never partake in any contrived arrangement that would still have the Biafran Igbo as a component. We reiterate our call on Nigerian authorities and recognised international bodies such as the ECOWAS, AU and UN to hasten the initiation of the process for the final actualisation of the Biafran nation and with it the excision of the Igbo out of the present federation

 

 

Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima

AMID nationwide condemnation of the call by some northern youth groups for the Igbo to exit the northern region by October 1, 2017, the groups have insisted on their call and have urged called for a referendum for the actualisation of Biafra.

In a statement Thursday which looks like a quiet  moderation of their former position, the Spokesman of the coalition, Mallam Abdulazeez Suleiman, noted: “It should be recalled that on Tuesday June 6, 2017 this coalition led several other northern groups to review the position of the north in the wake of the widening and escalating movement for secession orchestrated by groups in eastern Nigeria.

“At the end, we came up with a position paper, which we presented as the Kaduna Declaration in which we primarily called on the authorities and the international community to step in to formalise the actualisation of the dream of a people who say in words and in action, and the whole nation appears to concur, that they are Biafrans not Nigerians.

“We further urged those Biafran nationals to relocate from the north to their newfound country in order to allow other people have peace. We are today compelled to make this further statement to clarify our stand on some issues that trailed the Kaduna Declaration made.

The question is whether the Biafrans will relocate to their region pending the outcome of the referendum or they should relocate ahead of the referendum or formalization of the dream? actualisation of the.

“After meeting to review the fallout of that Tuesday’s Declaration, our groups have arrived at the following fundamental observations: some elements have, for reasons best known to them, mischievously distorted the intent of our original script by alluding such words as ‘violence,  ‘threat, ‘war’ and ‘mass action’ to it.

“We find this mischievous because as cultured, thoroughbred northerners, we have never anywhere and at any time, under whatever circumstances, called anybody to violence as a means of conflict resolution. In strict observance of that tradition, we never employed violence as a means of pursuing our interest and at every opportunity, we opt for peaceful engagements and implore people to eschew violence in all its ramifications.

“This informs why, a majority of discerning Nigerians, not necessarily northerners alone, understood and identified with our express call for the Biafrans to be allowed to actualise their long-held secessionist aspiration.”

He also explained: “We wholeheartedly endorse the moves made variously by our leaders to allay those fears and urge people to be peaceful and law-abiding while at the same time resolutely insisting on having the right thing done by allowing the Igbo to have and move to their dream country in accordance with the universal fundamental right to self-determination.

“We restate our determination and commitment to ensuring that the north will never partake in any contrived arrangement that would still have the Biafran Igbo as a component. We reiterate our call on Nigerian authorities and recognised international bodies such as the ECOWAS, AU and UN to hasten the initiation of the process for the final actualisation of the Biafran nation and with it the excision of the Igbo out of the present federation.”

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the South East Senate Caucus, Enyinnaya Abaribe in a statement in Abuja described the position of the Arewa youths as irresponsible and a threat to the unity of the country.

According to him, “nobody or groups of persons have the right to abridge the right of the Igbo or any other Nigerian for that matter,” while he noted that Section 41 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, guarantees the right of “every Nigerian to move freely in and reside in any part thereof, and no citizen of Nigeria shall be expelled from Nigeria or refused entry thereto or exit therefrom.”

Condemnation of Opposing Views

It appears that characters like El-Rufai have no limit on how low they can fall in their inordinate desire to achieve their long-held dream of power grab at the expense of the peace, wellbeing and stability of our country.

SULEIMAN expressed disappointment with what he called “the treacherous positions assumed by El-Rufai and Kashim Shettima who in pursuit of their blind ambition for the vice presidency, chose to side with the secessionist Igbo against the interest of peace-loving Nigerians.

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai

“El-Rufai and Shettima are openly known to be waiting in the wings for President Muhammadu Buhari to die so they can further their plots to seek the presidency.

“It appears that characters like El-Rufai have no limit on how low they can fall in their inordinate desire to achieve their long-held dream of power grab at the expense of the peace, wellbeing and stability of our country.

“We would like to assure El-Rufai and his ilk that we shall continue to expose their recalcitrant treachery and opportunistic proclivities.

“We also assure them that the drive for a peaceful and prosperous Nigeria in which the Igbo are not partners, will continue unabated.

“Similarly, we are irked by the hordes of lies and misleading innuendos issued by Shettima, ostensibly on behalf of 19 northern governors in which he referred to us as faceless and violent.

“By our antecedents and track record, no politician or leader of honorable pedigree and impeccable character will associate us with such fabrications and this goes to prove that Shettima has disconnected from reality as he gets intoxicated by immoral wealth and property acquisition at the expense of people of the state suffering the devastation of Bolo Haram.”

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