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Northern coalition insists on agitation for peace

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Even as hoodlums disrupted its security meeting in Kaduna State on Monday, the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has said that no amount of threat or intimidation will deter it from the agitation for peace in the north.

The group made this known shortly after a courtesy visit to the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Umar Muri, at the state’s police command, where it reported the attack on its members.

CNG’s security meeting on Monday, attended by retired military and police officers, religious leaders, traditional rulers, as well as women, youth and trade associations was disrupted by hoodlums.

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Chairman of CNG, Balarabe Rufai, told newsmen that they would not rest “until northern Nigeria returns to normalcy.”

He said the attack was orchestrated to deter them from having a successful meeting that will end insecurity in the region, because of the calibre of guests invited.

His words: “We had two retired generals and two retired AIGS in the meeting. But people should be assured that we are just getting started. We will not fold our arms and watch such events unfold.

“Very soon, we will announce the date for another meeting because it is the review of security situation in northern Nigeria.”

Rufai, however, noted that the CP had directed his men to investigate what led to the attack and promised adequate security for law-abiding citizens of Kaduna.

“We told him that this trend is not new. People are using non-state actors to disrupt peaceful gatherings,” he emphasised.


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