A coalition of northern youths has asked the United Nations to declare the Indigenous People of Nigeria, (IPOB) and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, terrorists for adopting violent divisive campaign in pushing for the Biafra struggle.
Spokesperson for the group Abul-Azeez Suleiman, in a statement on Thursday, July 13, said the recent threats issued by the group to achieve its goal was a cause for concern to the north “We became concerned that Kanu has finally crossed the boundaries of Nigerian laws and has blatantly breached international laws that specifically frown at the use of terror to achieve a goal,” the coalition said.
The group however commended Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for his series of talks with leaders from various regions of the country aimed at ensuring lasting peace and stability, Premium Times reports. The group said: “We sincerely commend the efforts of the Acting President and those regional leaders who cooperated with him in dousing tension with the aim of creating a conducive environment for meaningful discussions.
“However, notwithstanding all these efforts by the Acting President and responsible national and regional leaders, Kanu and IPOB remain undaunted and even intensified their violent divisive campaign which is the main bone of contention.”
But the northern youths noted that despite Osinbajo’s efforts, Kanu and IPOB have continued their violent agitation for the secession. “The peak of the insolence came when Kanu publicly announced that he would order former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his entire family killed,” the group stated.
It said it had officially written to the United Nation and urged for its urgent intervention in two key areas: “1. That the UN invokes the relevant statutes to which Nigeria is a signatory to pronounce Kanu and IPOB as terror outfits, proscribe their activities and initiate criminal actions against them.
“2. Since it is becoming all the more obvious -by the way IPOB and Kanu enjoy massive support from the Igbo back home- that the issue of the drive for Biafra nation is still a boiling issue, we urged the UN to intervene by initiating processes for a peaceful referendum as the only option to finally settle the Biafran issue.”
The group which said it would await the decision of the UN and authorities over the issue also reaffirmed its support for one peaceful Nigeria and the stand on nonviolence.
We recall that the coalition of northern youth groups had issued a quit notice to Igbos residing in Northern Nigeria to leave the region before October 1.
The notice has however drawn widespread condemnation from many eminent Nigerians across the country.