A coalition of northern youths has written the United Nations, asking it to declare the Indigenous People of Biafra [IPOB], and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, terrorists.
The development came barely a month after another coalition of Arewa youths gave Nigerians from South-East extraction, namely Igbos, an October 1 deadline to leave the northern region.
In the letter, the group said it is obvious that IPOB is committed to break away from Nigeria, hence the need to let them go.
The letter, signed by the coalition’s spokesperson, said they “became concerned that Kanu has finally crossed the boundaries of Nigerian laws and has blatantly breached international laws that specifically frown at the use of terror to achieve a goal.”
Commending Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for adhering to the advice in their first letter, they said:
“Commendably, the Acting President initiated series of talks with regional leaders and made genuine moves towards ensuring lasting peace and stability.
“We sincerely commend the efforts of the Acting President and those regional leaders who cooperated with him in dousing tension with the aim of creating a conducive environment for meaningful discussions.
“However, notwithstanding all these efforts by the Acting President and responsible national and regional leaders, Kanu and IPOB remain undaunted and even intensified their violent divisive campaign which is the main bone of contention.
“The peak of the insolence came when Kanu publicly announced that he would order former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his entire family killed.”
The group, therefore, urged the United Nations to:
1. Invokes the relevant statutes to which Nigeria is a signatory to pronounce Kanu and IPOB as terror outfits, proscribe their activities and initiate criminal actions against them.
2. Intervene by initiating processes for a peaceful referendum as the only option to finally settle the Biafran issue.
“Finally, as we patiently await the decision of the UN and the Nigerian authorities, we reaffirm our faith in one peaceful Nigeria and restate our stand on nonviolence,” the statement concluded.
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