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Coalition of South East Peace Practitioners (SOEAPAT) has said that comments by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are detrimental to the unity of the country as well as endangering the lives and investments of hardworking and peaceful Igbos across Nigeria.
The group asked Igbo elders to caution the IPOB leader, saying his comments are inciting the region against the Nigerian state.
In a statement in Abuja on Friday, the group expressed worries over what it called the repeated inciting utterances of Kanu, noting that the IPOB leader’s comments are capable of threatening national security.
The group appealed to Igbo youths not to take the statements by Kanu seriously considering that he was issuing them from outside the country where he and his family would not feel the impact in the event of any consequences.
The group, in the statement signed by the Zonal Chairman, Dr Obi Chibuzor and Legal Adviser, Barrister Amadi Ojukwu, also condemned the ongoing destruction of properties following the #EndSARS protests across the country even as it decried the killings of unarmed protesters allegedly by agents of security services.
It appealed to all Indigbo worldwide to quickly begin to speak to ‘some of our deviant youths to back down on their grievances before we are misconstrued as trouble makers when in the actual sense we are the victims in Nigeria.’
The statement added: ‘We want to call on all Ndigbo worldwide to quickly begin to speak to some of our deviant youths to back down on their grievances before we are misconstrued as trouble makers when in the actual sense we are the victims.’
‘We stand here to state categorically that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is a criminal that must not be taken seriously. He is out to achieve popularity.’
‘While we must clearly state that our people have not been treated fairly in the past on so many national issues we must call for calm and understanding while we press our demands through legal means.’
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