Nigeria’s unity non-negotiable, Igbo professionals tells IPOB
The Coalition of South East Professional Network in Nigeria and Diaspora (CSEPNND) has vehemently frowned at the violent activities of the members of the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) led by Nnamdi Kanu, especially as it relate to the profiling of Fulani herdsmen in the Southeast zone of the nation.
The professional organisation maintained that peaceful Fulani herders, like other citizens, have the inalienable right to live and reside in any part of Nigeria without molestation, as guaranteed by the Constitution of Nigeria.
The body lambasted Kanu and members of his proscribed group for mischievously painting Ndigbo as a violent people, who do not have the spirit of accommodation and hospitality.
Maintaining 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 admonished Ndigbo within and outside to reject Kanu and his bandwagons.
In a press release made available to newsmen and signed by its National President, Prof. Madumere Chika, CSEPNND reminded Ndigbo both home and in the diaspora that a court of competent jurisdiction had proscribed IPOB, and accordingly labelled it a terrorist organisation.
It further added that dealing or identifying with IPOB under whatever guise was treasonable; a serious offence against the Nigerian state.
The statement read in parts:
“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 collective interest of the South East, hence should be disregarded and seen as inconsequential.
“We are particularly pained that this disposition is painting the Igbos in bad light, especially among undiscerning members of the public, who may not understand that Kanu’s disposition is self-serving and criminal in nature, and not altruistic, as he wants the world to believe.
“We are further using this platform to distance ourselves and the Igbos in general, from the threats issued to peaceful Fulani herders in parts of the South East, as we have always maintained that the freedom to reside and conduct legitimate business in any part of the country, is sacrosanct.
“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.
“How can a region known for its entrepreneurial spirit and republican nature, with huge investments in almost every part of Nigeria, allow a fugitive, who is apparently being sponsored by external forces, to continually cast us in such a bad light?.”