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General News of Monday, 7 June 2021


Ohanaeze is being chastised by a northern group for making anti-secession remarks

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The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has reacted to the Ohanaeze Ndigbo's recent comments about the Igbo seccession bid, calling it a disingenuous attempt to distract attention away from the country.

"It is no longer in doubt that the current violent agitations and disruptions over Biafra is obviously an agenda with a complete endorsement from every component of the Igbo community in Nigeria and the Diaspora, including Ohanaeze," said CNG Spokesperson Abdul-Azeez Suleiman in a statement.

"It is therefore the height of hypocrisy for the Ohanaeze to try to disassociate itself from ongoing violence and crime against humanity while remaining mute when Northerners residing in the South-East are harassed, attacked, murdered in cold blood, and their property damaged on a daily basis."

"Hundreds of our people have died in the hands of increasingly emboldened Igbo terrorists since 2017, though this has been largely ignored by the traditionally hostile section of the Southern Nigerian media, whose inherent bias manifests whenever matters affecting the North are reported or discussed."

"As evidence of an agenda with roots and patterns in our history, Ohanaeze was also deafeningly silent in the face of the clear danger and threat posed to the country by a slew of Igbo armed groups who attack the country's security assets and personnel, as well as other democratic structures, at will."

"We wonder where Ohanaeze was when three significant fire and looting incidents against houses belonging to Northern traders were conducted in the South-East in the previous week alone."

"When a truck of onions containing over 500 bags of the commodities was plundered in Owerri last weekend, their calumny became so blatant in the devious way they, and all Igbo leaders, purposefully remained silent."

"At the same time, two trucks transporting palm oil from Enugu to Kano were intercepted and razed in Nsukka, while another truck transporting livestock to Anambra was burned down in the streets of Awka, along with the animals it carried," Sulieman said.

"The North will no longer remain passive under such deliberate and sustained attacks on its people, nor will it be disposed any longer to relating with the Igbo as federating partners," he warned, adding that "the North will take every measure to realize Biafra so that the Igbo will leave and peace will reign again."

The Ohanaeze's spokesman could not be reached at the time of filing this report, therefore the Daily Times was unable to obtain a response.

However, the group has maintained its opposition to secessionist agitation by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Nnamdi Kanu in many forums.

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