CNG opens up: Constitution review can’t prevent civil war, referendum can
The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has stated that the ongoing killings of other Nigerians living or doing business in the Southeast by IPOB was designed to provoke reprisals in other parts of the country, as a prelude to the break-up of the nation.
It would be recalled that the CNG has recently lampooned prominent Igbo political leader Chukwuemeka Ezeife Ndigo Ohanaeze’s denial about the “evil plot” against the rest of the country by the self-styled IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu.
The group’s spokesman, Abdul-Azeez Suleman, who made this position known at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday that the best way avoid another round of civil war was to hold a referendum that could give the troublesome southeast insurrectionist the opportunity to get the Biafra land of their dream through referendum.
“Today, everyone can see that the diabolical scheme planned and exhibited in the actions and clamours of IPOB, supported morally and politically by the vast majority of the pliant and affrighted Igbo elites, politicians, traditional rulers, business persons, and the larger population of this ethnic group has pushed Nigeria to the precipice”, the CNG said.
The group then added: “We are convinced that this renewed violent determination of the Igbo to see through the secession of the South-East from Nigeria is now real and cannot be avoided or deferred any longer without terrible consequences.
“In order to avoid such mishaps and unnecessary devastation on all sides, particularly the South-East whose leaders and agitators are now bent on driving it over the brink into a catastrophe, CNG is of the view that resort to available means of actualising the separation of the South-East from the rest of Nigeria is today a vital task that must be undertaken by all.”
Suleiman therefore stressed that in order to prevent a descent into another civil war, and to forestall mass killings and untold sufferings, CNG has committed to the call for a referendum that will finally separate the South East from Nigeria.