Help Igbos actualize Biafra, Northern coalition tells UN


The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) on Monday called on the global community, particularly the United Nation to help fastrack the actualization of the defunct Biafra Republic.

Igbos predominantly in the South-East and South-South geo-political zones have been demanding for the breakaway of the former eastern region, saying they have lost faith in the Nigerian state.

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Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) has been at the forefront campaigning for the breakaway of the Igbo people.

Mr Kanu facing charges on treasonable felony fled the country when the Nigerian Military stormed his Abia residence during a military operation which he claimed was to annihilate him.

His separatist movement launched a security outfit codenamed Eastern Security Network with the mandate to evict violent herdsmen residing in forests across the geo-political zones.

Since the outfit was formed there have been increased attacks on security outfits and checkpoints in the two regions with the police indicting the secessionist group which pushed back the claim.

The coalition comprising of 52 youth groups after its emergency meeting in Abuja issued a communique signed by its spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, describing the resolve of President Muhammadu Buhari to fight worsening insecurity as empty and of no effect.

It said between December 2020 and April 2021, over 970 students were abducted from their schools in the Northern part of Nigeria with a substantial number still in captivity and some violently executed.

“The CNG hereby resolves to call on our friends and the international community, the UK especially, to understand that our bilateral friendship is guided by the principles of sovereignty, promotion of peace and the standards that guide legitimate interference,” the group stated.

“Hence, their intervention, exclamations and actions should not be drawn to discountenance the effort of the Nigerian state to protect citizens from violence and terror.

“We finally wish to renew our request for the global community’s intervention in persuading Nigerian authorities and the United Nations to facilitate the final actualization of the Biafran dream by the Igbo.

“The world should keep in mind that by far, a destabilised Nigeria will certainly threaten the peace and security of the entire sub-Saharan Africa.

“In the South, gangs of armed IPOB militia, violent secessionists and an assortment of militant groups appear to sense a huge vacuum in the capacity and political will by the Federal Government to challenge them, which they exploit with disastrous consequences on the nation’s security assets and specifically on northern communities and individuals living as minorities in the South while the presidency wallows in deflecting the issue,” the CNG added.

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