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The Northern Elders Forum (NEF), yesterday urged leaders from Igbo extraction to prevail on the secessionists in the South East region to sheath their sword in order to forestall another war in the country.
The NEF who stated this while briefing reporters in Abuja after a stormy closed-door meeting stressed that the silence of Igbo leaders is no longer golden in the face of killings of Northerners in the region.
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According to the spokesman of NEF, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, the Northern leaders have resolved not to allow any war in the country, adding that their silence means they are supporting the secessionists’ agitations.
Political leaders in the South East, the northern elders said, have submitted to violence and terror of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Eastern Security Network (ESN).
Baba-Ahmed expressed disappointment that armed criminals of all types have increased their audacious stranglehold over our lives in all parts of the country, adding that Irredentists are increasingly asserting their influence over in the South East and some part of the country, and in the manner that millions of Nigerians now live: ‘Rhetoric from political leaders and ethnic champions who speak in threats and demands routinely suggest that the sentiments in support of irredentism are becoming more widespread.’
NEF called for the urgent arrest and prosecution of perpetrators for peace to reign.
The northern elders called on the National Assembly to explore additional avenues for tapping into opinions that can help redress serious limitations to the Federal system before the 2023 elections.
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