The Coalition of Northern Groups expressed concern about the method adopted by the Consultative Forum of Igbo Elders and other groups calling for the emergence of a president of southeastern origin, saying that the way in which they were agitating was very bad.
The socio-political organization Pan-Arewa has also alleged that the Igbo elders pose a serious threat to national security with their recent warning that any attempt to escape the southeast geopolitical zone of the presidency in 2023 would sever the existence of the Nigerian enterprise betrayed their desperation.
The CNG therefore called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of IECF members led by former Anambra State Governor, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife for threatening the nation, its institutions and the people. .
CNG spokesman Abdulazeez Suleiman said so during a press conference on Thursday evening.
He also hit out at other Igbo leaders who he says are hungry for the area to produce Nigeria’s next president for allegedly seeking to tamper with the country’s criminal justice system by pushing for the unconditional release of the indigenous people’s leader. of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
There have been intense political posturing, permutations and fireworks, especially as the president’s eight-year term, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired), a native of the North West, draws to a close. its end.
However, the clamor for an Igbo president has since resonated with some Nigerians 18 months before the general election, especially as the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has been consistent in its demand for an Igbo president in 2023.
But the CNG argued that the continued use of attacks on agents and symbols of the Federal Government of Nigeria in the southeast has deepened fears that the Igbo could and should never be handed presidential power and have rendered their renewed desperation for the Igbo presidency. suspicious.
Suleiman said: “The Coalition of Northern Groups has taken stock of events in Nigeria, particularly in recent months when our democracy, political unity and national security have come under intense scrutiny. , noting in particular the ongoing violent unrest created around certain interests of the Igbo people.
“This is confirmed by the statements and actions of Igbo leaders such as former Governor of Anambra State and Chairman of the Igbo Elders Consultative Forum, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, when he threatened the continued existence of the Nigeria during a condolence visit paid to him by Igbo leaders of thought and traditional leaders on April 5, 2022.
“Similarly, groups of Igbo leaders and elders have engaged in desperate, covert and overt efforts to secure the unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the IPOB terror group on trial for crimes against the state.
“As if that weren’t enough, the same group of Igbo elders recklessly issued a national security threat again on May 4, 2022, that any attempt to escape the Presidency area in 2023 could also sever the Nigeria’s existence as a corporate entity as aggravated crisis, conflicts, separatist and other claims.
“The CNG observes that the perpetrators of this senseless violence are relentlessly pursuing the agenda of destruction and collective chaos, fervently hoping that it will engulf the whole country and cause another civil war and massacres.
“It deepened fears that the Igbo could and should never be given presidential power and made their renewed desperation for the Igbo presidency suspect.
“The foregoing observations have prevented us from remaining indifferent or silent in the face of such extreme provocations and an insistent push towards civil war.
Suleiman, however, maintained that the CNG would remain committed to finding a Nigerian leader with the capacity, competence and credibility to be trusted and accepted by all Nigerians.
“The NGC is also committed to pursuing a legal framework for the conduct and implementation of a general referendum to determine the status of the South East or any enclave which desires self-determination for Nigeria,” he said. he adds.
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