Secessionist agitations: Northern Youths insist on referendum

…Says Igboho, Kanu arrest not enough The Coalition of Northern Groups, (CNG), said the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho is not the solution to separatist agitations insisting that referendum is the way to go.  The Coalition, in a press statement issued by the spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said, “ From the outset, we wish to be categoric that the arrest of Igboho and Kanu should not be mistaken as bringing about the end to the uprisings and disturbances over self-determination perpetrated by southern Nigerian elites and governments who use…

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Self-determination: CNG sues NASS, asks court to order Biafra referendum

The Coalition of Northern Groups, (CNG), has filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking to stop the National Assembly from taking any further action towards reviewing the Constitution unless the question of Nigeria’s unity, particularly the Biafra agitation was settled through a referendum. The court document marked FHC/ABJ/CS/538/2021 was dispatched for service on the Offices of the Senate President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Attorney-General of the Federation yesterday, according to a statement by the CNG. It was learnt that the leadership…

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“Suspend the 1999 Constitution review”, CNG tells National Assembly

The Coalition of Northern Groups, (CNG), yesterday, called on the National Assembly to suspend the review of the 1999 Constitution, describing it as ill-timed and uncalled for, particularly in the face of the growing agitation for Nigeria’s break-up. This was part of the presentation which CNG made before the leadership of the National Assembly against the backdrop of the disturbances created by certain interest groups in the South-East, in the form of the agitation for a separate State of Biafra. It also urged the National Assembly to invoke the doctrine…

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Democracy Day: IPOB planning to hijack protests, cause mayhem – Northern Group raise alarm

…Cites reasons why Coalition won’t participate in planned protests…Buhari addresses nation today The Coalition of Northern Groups, (CNG), has alleged that the Indigenous people of Biafra, (IPOB), are plotting to hijack a protest set to hold across the nation today, Saturday, June 12. It was gathered that the CNG spokesman, AbdulAzeez Suleiman, at a press conference in Kaduna yesterday, disclosed that the pro-secession group has finalised plans to infiltrate the protest and cause mayhem. He revealed that the CNG will not be participating in the protests. He said, “We can’t…

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“Stop Constitution review, organise Biafra referendum”, CNG urges NASS

The Coalition of Northern Groups, (CNG), yesterday, called on the National Assembly to suspend the review of the 1999 Constitution, describing it as ill-timed and uncalled for, particularly in the face of the growing agitation for Nigeria’s break-up. This was part of the presentation which CNG made before the leadership of the National Assembly against the backdrop of the disturbances created by certain interest groups in the South-East, in the form of the agitation for a separate State of Biafra. The CNG also urged the National Assembly to invoke the…

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Northern groups declare readiness for restructuring

…Rejects rotational presidency Several groups under the aegis of the Northern Peoples Summit declared on Friday that the North was ready for restructuring of Nigeria but it would not succumb to any blackmail to rotate the presidency with the South. The decision was taken in Kaduna, after what they described as two days of deliberations. They issued a 12-point communique emphasising the political advantage which the North currently enjoys over the South. “The North will not be stampeded or blackmailed into taking major decisions around rotating the presidency”, they said.…

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CNG threatens boycott of MultiChoice over exclusion of the North

The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has threatened to organise and enforce a boycott of MultiChoice services in the Northern region, as it accused the owners and operators of  Nigeria’s leading television broadcast signal distributor, DSTV, of lopsidedness against northern-based media stations. The group said it would not hesitate to embark on the boycott, unless MultiChoice shows readiness to embrace content diversity towards national growth and development, which will be of benefit to the North. The group said in MultiChoice’s nearly three decades of operation in Nigeria, raking in billions…

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Insecurity: CNG backs proposal to pardon bandits

Ø  As Buhari rules out amnesty, says ‘it’s time to treat criminals as criminals’ The Federal Government appears to be under pressure to grant amnesty to bandits ravaging the country, with the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), backing the Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmed Gumi’s stance on the matter. The CNG spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, addressing newsmen in Abuja, further supported the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuffs and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria, who had resolved to halt movement of goods to the South until compensation are given to northerners who have suffered attacks in…

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Leaders’ arrest: CNG declares plan to protests in 19 Northern States today

The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) said it has placed all its coordinators across the 19 Northern States on alert to mobilize street protest today, Friday, over the arrest and unknown whereabouts of its national leaders. The BOT Chairman of CNG, Nastura Ashir Shariff and the National Coordinator, Balarabe Rufa’i, were picked by suspected operatives of the Department of State Services, (DSS), after their planned press conference was prevented from taking place by security forces at the NAF Club, Kaduna. The Coalition’s spokesman, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, in a statement on Thursday…

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Nigeria at risk of becoming a failed state – Financial Times

Ø  As Northern Groups warn of more grave conflict in the region The well respected Financial Times of London, has described Nigeria as a country at risk of attaining the status of a failed State. The newspaper, in an editorial, yesterday, warned that if nothing is done and the country is allowed to continue in its current trajectory, it will soon become a problem far too big for the world to ignore. The newspaper highlighted the fact that Nigeria is plagued with terrorism, illiteracy, poverty, banditry, and kidnapping, while its…

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