Let Igbos Go! – Northern Youths Call ECOWAS, AU, UN for Hastened Referendum

Let Igbos Go! - Northern Youths Call ECOWAS, AU, UN for Hastened Referendum
The Coalition of Northern Groups has called on the Federal
Government to initiate a process allowing the Igbo to vote in a
referendum that will allow them to have an independent state of Biafra.

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The group, which comprised of the Arewa Citizens Action for Change;
Arewa Youth Consultative Forum; Arewa Youth Development Foundation;
Arewa Students Forum; and the Northern Emancipation Network, in a
statement issued on Thursday, following the backlash that greeted its
Tuesday statement in which a three-month ultimatum was issued to Igbo
living in the North to leave the region.
“We urge the Federal Government of Nigeria as a matter of
urgency to initiate the process for a peaceful referendum to allow the
Igbo to go. Let them go. 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 the 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,”
the group said in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman. 
The group, which had on Tuesday urged Igbo to leave the North for “their newfound country in order to allow other people have peace” said its statement was twisted out of context, hence the need for clarification.
“We are today compelled to make this further statement to
clarify our stand on some issues that trailed the Kaduna Declaration
made on Tuesday. After meeting to review the fallout of that Tuesday’s
declaration, our groups have arrived at the following fundamental
observations: That some elements have for reasons best known to them,
mischievously distorted the intent of our original script by alluding to
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 employ
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,”
it said.
The coalition noted that despite the minor distortions that caused
some measure of anxiety, many Nigerians were in support of its position,
describing them as people “who have been tormented and menaced by the irredentist proclivities of the Igbo.”
Below is the full text of the coalition latest statement :
JOINT PRESS STATEMENT BY THE AREWA CITIZENS ACTION FOR
CHANGE, AREWA YOUTH CONSULTATIVE FORUM, AREWA YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
FOUNDATION, AREWA STUDENTS FORUM AND NORTHERN EMANCIPATION NETWORK ON
THE FALLOUT OF THE KADUNA DECLARATION
Thursday June 8, 2017
INTRODUCTION
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 formalize the
actualization 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.

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We further urged those Biafran nationales 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 on
Tuesday June 6, 2017.
CONSEQUENT OBSERVATIONS
After meeting to review the fallout of that Tuesday’s Declaration,
our groups have arrived at the following fundamental observations:
1. That 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.
2. We find this mischievous because as cultured thoroughbred
Northerners we have never anywhere and at anytime, under whatever
circumstances, called anybody to violence as a means of conflict
resolution.
3. In strict observance of that tradition we never employ 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.
4. 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 actualize their long-held
secessionist aspiration.
RESTATING OUR POSITION
1. We restate that we have never called anybody to violence and
that people should discountenance the elements of fear and threat
introduced by the distortions of merchants of mischief.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. We reiterate our call on Nigerian authorities and recognized
international bodies such as the ECOWAS, AU and UN to hasten the
initiation of the process for the final actualization of the Biafran
nation and with it the excision of the Igbos out of the present
federation.
APPRECIATION:
Despite the minor distortions that caused some measure of anxiety,
we make bold to say that the cheerful responses to our position which
flowed through the internet and by way of personal telephone
conversations nationally and universally has resonated that peace-loving
Nigerians who have been tormented and menaced by the irredentist
proclivities of the Igbos are overwhelmingly desirous to put an end to
it.
As we acknowledge this outpouring of patriotic support across the
nation, we implore people, particularly our cultured northerners to
remain restraint in the face of any provocation from any quarter and to
debate intelligently.
We assure them that we shall be firm and resolute in honestly and
painstakingly pursuing what we all know is a noble and just cause
without hurting anyone.
TREACHERY
We have taken time to analyze the reactions that trailed our
Declaration, and were nauseated by the comments of some disgruntled
northern political power mongers.
We are particularly disappointed by the treacherous positions
assumed by Nasir Ahmed Elrufai and Kashim Shettima who in pursuit of
their blind ambition for the vice presidency, chose to side with the
secessionist Igbos against the interest of peace-loving Nigerians.
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, well being and
stability of our country.
We would like to assure El-Rufai and his ilks 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 Igbos are not partners, will continue unabated.
Similarly, we are irked by the hordes of lies and misleading
innuendos issued by Kashim Shettima, ostensibly on behalf of 19 Northern
governors in which he refered 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.
CONCLUSION
We urge the Federal Government of Nigeria to as a matter of
urgency, initiate the process for a peaceful referendum to allow the
Igbo to go. LET THEM GO.
LONG LIVE THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
SIGNED:
ABDUL-AZEEZ SULEIMAN
SPOKESPERSON
FOR THE COALATION OF NORTHERN GROUPS (CNG).

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