The Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, has dissociated itself from a statement disparaging the acting president, Yemi Osinbajo and the Yoruba tribe by another youth group, the Arewa Coalition.
CNG said through a statement on Thursday by its spokesperson, Abdul-Aziz Suleiman that the coalition has nothing against the acting president and the Yoruba and therefore affirmed their course to allow cessationists actualise their Biafra dream.
“While we state that the CNG is not in anyway connected to that statement or the group that made it, we call on the public to beware of people and groups currently engaged to distract our noble course,” the statement said.
The group said the real CNG’s stand will only be made public through “our spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman or Amb. Shettima Yerima or N. A. Shariff.”
It said “While we affirm our commitment to the peaceful pursuit of the contents of the Kaduna Declaration, we wish to restate our unshaking respect for, and loyalty to Nigerian authorities and institutions.
“We also state that we hold no grudge against the person of the Acting President who is diligently discharging the burden duly entrusted in him by Mr President.
“Similarly, we do not habour any ill-will against the Yoruba or any Nigerian tribe for that matter as it is not in the character of the cultured North to do so.”
The coalition however restated the thrust of their agitation that aims to “principally ensure that those seeking to leave Nigeria are given the chance to exercise their fundamental right as entrenched in various international treaties to which Nigeria is a signatory.”
It bemoaned the style of the agitation for Biafra that assumes the shape of issuing threats of war and violence.