The coalition of Northern groups which gave Igbo three month notice to quit northern Nigeria, the call was not a call to violence but to allow Igbo achieve their ambition of having their own country.
In a statement issued Thursday in Kaduna and signed by Abdulazeez Suleiman, its spokesman, the group carpeted Governors Nasir el-Rufai and Kashim Shettima of Kaduna and Borno states respectively, on their stand against them, saying that the governors were driven by their ambitions to be Vice President.
“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.
“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.
“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 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”.
Suleiman claimed that despite the “distortion” of their earlier statement, the feedback they got was that their message resonated with “peace-loving Nigerians who have been tormented and menaced by the irredentist proclivities of the Igbo and are overwhelmingly desirous to put an end to it.
“We are particularly disappointed by the treacherous positions’ assumed by el-Rufai and Shettima who in pursuit of their blind ambition for the Vice Presidency, chose to side with the secessionist Igbo against the interest of peace-loving Nigerians.
“el-Rufai and Shettima are openly known to be waiting in the wings for President Muhammadu Buhari to die so they can further their plots to seek the Presidency.
“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, wellbeing and stability of our country.
“We would like to assure el-Rufai and his ilk 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 Igbo are not partners, will continue unabated” he said.