ABUJA – The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) says it has received the news of the arrest and repatriation of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, with mixed feelings of apprehension and appreciation.
It also commended 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 with Nigeria.
In a statement on Tuesday, the spokesman of the group, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said they “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.
“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 refrendum must be held to determine this and all other agitations for self-determination from any part of the country.”