The Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, has ordered all Northerners not to support any political party that has the participation of any Igbo person, and to boycott all businesses operated by any member of the South-East region, in all the 19 Northern States,
The CNG Spokesman, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, in a statement made available to Journalists, lamented that the Indigenous People of Biafra’s, IPOB, order in a statement on Monday, by its Spokesman, Emma Powerful, on some new resolutions, amounted to a grave provocation and serious threat to Northern commercial interests in the South-East, as well as the physical wellbeing of Northerners living as minorities among Igbo communities.
According to the statement, the CNG’s decision is a renewed resolve to “pay coin for coin”, for any direct or indirect attack or threat to Northerners and their interests anywhere in the country.
The statement reads in part: “For the avoidance of doubt, the North, while maintaining its tradition of tolerance and accommodation, shall however, no longer be disposed to condoning further acts of irresponsibility, in the form of deliberate threats of intimidation or harassment targeted at Northerners living and doing legitimate businesses elsewhere in the country.”
It explained further that such utterances have in the past been preludes to physical attacks on Northerners and destruction of their properties, particularly in the South-East, advising Northern transporters and suppliers of goods to consider alternative trade routes, to avoid the imminent risks that come with IPOB’s new threats and resolutions.
The CNG noted that the North has had enough of the antagonism from the South-East and its attack dog, IPOB, saying that, it would no longer remain passive under what it called “such deliberate and sustained attacks”, but will henceforth, be forced to react to every provocation and unwarranted abuse and violations by IPOB.
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