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Arrest Of Kanu Won’t End Agitation For Biafra, Northern Groups Warn: Insist On Referendum

The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has warned Federal Government that much as the arrest and repatriation of “the fugitive rebel,” Nnamdi Kanu is a good development, it will not end the agitation for the Republic of Biafra.

“Nobody should make the mistake of assuming that the arrest is anywhere near the end of the Biafran affair. We stand our ground that a referendum must be held to determine this and all other agitations for self-determination from any part of the country.”

In a statement today, June 29 by its spokesman, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, the CNG said that it received the news of the arrest of the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) with mixed feelings of apprehension and appreciation.

“On hand, we commend the effort of the federal government and the agencies that made this possible, particularly the International Police and authorities of the United Kingdom for honouring their obligations to Nigeria.

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“On another hand, we remain apprehensive until the full course of justice takes effect. Kanu as we all know, has a pending trial for treasonable felony and jumping bail. In addition, he must now face additional charges of incitement to violence and killings of people of other ethnicities, particularly Northerners, security personnel as a result of his open incitement.

“More importantly, we don’t see Kanu’s arrest affecting the issue of Biafra. While he faces trial hopefully, the CNG is insisting that this is right time to tackle the Biafran issue once for all.”

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