The Coalition of Northern Groups has written the United Nations (UN) seeking the prominent agency to initiate a referendum that would lead to a resolution of the raging Biafra agitation led by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Vanguard Newspaper said the coalition also wants the UN to invoke relevant statutes to which Nigeria is a signatory to pronounce IPOB a terror outfit, proscribe the activities of the group and initiate criminal actions against IPOB and its leader, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu
The position of the coalition was made known in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Mr. Abdul-Azeez Suleiman.
It recalled that after its ‘Kaduna Declaration‘, which gave quit notice to Igbos living in the North, it wrote a letter to the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, asking him to curtail the activities of IPOB and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The statement read: “Not withstanding all the efforts by the Acting President and responsible regional leaders, Nnamdi Kanu, leader of IPOB, remains undaunted and even intensified their violent divisive campaign which is the main issue of contention.
“Their continued action is a clear signal that they are committed to breaking away from the Nigerian federation which buttresses our earlier concerns. “
Worried by the recent threats, we 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.
“We are calling on the UN to invoke the relevant statuses to which Nigeria is a signatory to pronounce Kanu and IPOB as a terror outfits, proscribe their activities and initiate criminal actions against them.
“Since it is becoming all the more obvious by the way IPOB and Kanu enjoy massive support from the Igbo back home that the issue of the drive for Biafra nation is still a boiling one, we urge the UN to intervene by initiating processes for a peaceful referendum as the only option to finally settle the Biafran issue.”