On Friday, the Coalition of 52 Northern Groups (CNG) rejected the UN appeal for the unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu, the imprisoned leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Additionally, they charged that the UN had a prejudicial attitude toward particular national regions.
CNG spokesman Abdul-Azeez Suleiman urged the international organization to promptly drop its demand for Nnamdi Kanu’s unconditional release from the legitimate custody of Nigerian authorities while speaking with press in Abuja. He also gave the Federal Government advice to step up to the plate and protect the nation by rebuffing and rejecting such a demand.
According to Suleiman, a destabilized Nigeria will undoubtedly pose a threat to the stability and security of the whole sub-Saharan region of Africa. According to his words; “It is unacceptable to Nigeria and Nigerians, and in particular to the North, that the United Nations will endorse the platform and space to be used by Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB in promoting anarchy and campaigning for genocide in Nigeria.
“We demand the United Nations to immediately withdraw the call for the unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu from the lawful custody of the Nigerian authorities. The CNG cautions the United Nations that their intervention, exclamations and actions should never be drawn to discountenance the effort of the Nigerian state to protect citizens from violence and to impose law and order.
“We, therefore, call on the Federal Government of Nigeria to maintain the sanctity, dignity and integrity of Nigeria and uphold and defend its sovereignty by resisting and rejecting such demands from any quarter. Lastly, it is important to caution the United Nations to weigh the impact and consequences of backing these perpetrators of indiscriminate violence, wanton destruction and collective mayhem, that fervently hope it will engulf the entire country and bring about another civil war and mass killings and suffering of innocent people.
“As the most populous country on the continent of Africa and one that continues to influence peace and stability across the continent, any breakdown of law and order will only compound the security and humanitarian situations in the region,” CNG spokesman Abdul-Azeez Suleiman.
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