OFFICIAL REACTION TO THE STATEMENT RELEASED BY SOME GROUPS OF NORTHERN NIGERIAN YOUTHS CONCERNING IGBO (SOUTH EASTERNERS) IN NIGERIA BY THE CUSTOMARY GOVERNMENT OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF BIAFRA, CG-IPOB.
The attention of the Customary Government of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, CG-IPOB has been drawn to a press release purportedly signed by Alhaji Abdulaziz Suleiman of Northern Emancipation Network, representing the youths of Northern Nigeria .
The Customary Government of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra is not in the mood to get involved in any exchange of tantrum with any individual or groups but for the interest of our teeming Biafran public who seem disturbed by the recent publication. It is our intention to allay the fear of our Biafran people and to assure them that the Customary Government is seriously observing the development and is ready to take all necessary legal, diplomatic and political actions to protect the interest of our indigenous Biafran people.
The release purportedly coming from the Northern Nigeria youth leaders was reported to have given Igbo (Biafrans) living in northern Nigeria 3 months period to vacate the North, while the northerners in Biafra should equally vacate Biafraland within the same period. We wish to state that nobody nor group shall ,even under democratic rule in Nigeria, nurse any idea of stampeding Biafrans out of Nigeria nor force Biafrans to remain in Nigeria. The view of the Customary Government remains that the dismemberment of Nigerian state must follow peaceful, legal, political and diplomatic processes. No amount of intimidation nor inflammatory statement from any quarter shall scare Biafrans to take irrational action in this dispensation. The Customary Government hereby call on the elders and the leadership of the Northern Nigeria to advise their people to apply caution and resort to rational and legal actions to achieve whatever is their desired objective in Nigerian state.
Let it be place on record that the great Biafran people will not accept any situation that will deprive our people their hard earned assets and investments scattered throughout Nigeria. The Customary Government of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra(CG-IPOB) can confirm her readiness to commence negotiations towards peaceful separation of Biafra from Nigeria. By so doing all investments of Nigerians in Biafraland will be guaranteed while Biafran peoples’ investments in Nigeria will equally be protected. Nobody should ever contemplate any breach of law and order in this period when diplomatic and legal actions are already on the way.
We believe in the principle of Nonviolence, Non exodus! Fellow Biafrans, the Customary Government wishes to reassure you of our concern in this matter, while advising you to be vigilante and report any suspicious movements around you to the law enforcement officers. Note: Onye ndi iro gbara gburugburu, na-eche ndu ya nche mgbe nile. Umu Biafra, onye alarukwala ura.
God guard Biafrans. Amen!
Administrator, Customary Government of Indigenous People of Biafra, CG-IPOB.