Igbo group condemns Kanu, IPOB’s violent activities
Says Fulani, others have the right to live in any zone
An Igbo professional group, under the aegis of Coalition of South-East Professional Network in Nigeria and Diaspora (CSEPNND), has condemned the violent activities of members of the Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), especially as they relate to the profiling of Fulani herdsmen in the geo-political zone of the country.
Specifically, the Coalition maintained that peaceful Fulani herders, like other citizens, have the inalienable right to live and reside in any part of the country without molestation as guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
The group lampooned Kanu and members of his group for portraying Igbo as a violent people, who do not have the sense of accommodation and hospitality, adding that the people of South-East are peaceful, amiable and accommodating.
The professional group reiterated the fact that the unity of Nigeria remained non-negotiable, even as it enjoined Ndigbo within and outside to denounce Kanu and IPOB.
In a statement signed yesterday in Abuja by its National President, Prof. Madumere Chika, CSEPNND reminded Ndigbo both at home and in the Diaspora that a court of competent jurisdiction had proscribed IPOB, and accordingly labelled it a terrorist organisation.
To this end, the Coalition said dealing or identifying with IPOB under whatever guise, is treasonable, a serious offence against the state.
Also, the group condemned in its entirety the illegal contraption called Eastern Security Network (ESN), operated by Kanu, saying there could not be a government-within-a-government.
This was as it thanked Hausa/Fulani in the North and across the country for remaining calm and restraint, noting that the action was commendable.
“We, therefore, call on the military and security agencies to move in, arrest and subject all elements operating under the ESN to deserved justice, while dismantling the illegal platform forthwith.
“In particular, we commend the peaceful conduct of our Hausa/Fulani brothers in their domain and outside for not taking the law into their own hands in the face of glaring provocation by Kanu and his followers.
“Concerned by the despicable and reprehensible activities of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his uninformed followers, we rise to condemn all that this son of Ndigbo stands for, especially his antagonistic disposition towards the government of Nigeria.
“We hold that Kanu, in action and deed, does not represent the interest of the South-East, hence should be disregarded and seen as inconsequential.
“To our brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers all over the world, we challenge you all to rise in unison to condemn all that Mazi Kanu does, propagates and stands for,” the statement said.
“We are alarmed that this group would be allowed freedom of action, thereby constituting themselves into a parallel security organisation,” the statement said.
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