An Igbo professional group – Coalition of South-East Professional Network in Nigeria and Diaspora (CSEPNND), has decried the violent activities of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), in the South East, adding that the leader of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kalu is hiding under his illegal contraption, the Eastern Security Network (ESN) to portray Ndi Igbo as violent people.
The group also condemned in strong term the profiling of Fulani herdsmen in the south-east zone by Nnamdi Kanu and his illegitimate group – IPOB.
National President of the group, Prof. Madumere Chika in a statement on Thursday said that peaceful Fulani herders, like other citizens, have the inalienable right to live and reside in any part of Nigeria without molestation, as guaranteed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).
Prof. Madumere however, insisted that the people of South-East are peaceful, amiable and accommodating.
He reiterated the fact that the unity of Nigeria remained non-negotiable while enjoining Ndigbo within and outside to denounce Kanu and IPOB.
He reminded Ndigbo both at home and in the diaspora that a court of competent jurisdiction had proscribed IPOB, and accordingly labelled it a terrorist organization.
To this end, he said that dealing or identifying with IPOB under whatever guise, is treasonable.
Condemning in its entirety the illegal contraption called Eastern Security Network (ESN), operated by Kanu, Prof. madumere noted that there could not be a government-within-a-government.
“We, therefore, call on the military and security agencies to move in, arrest and subject all elements operating under the ESN to deserved justice, while dismantling the illegal platform forthwith.
“In particular, we commend the peaceful conduct of our Hausa/Fulani brothers in their domain and outside for not taking the law into their own hands, in the face of glaring provocation by Kanu and his followers.
“Concerned by the despicable and reprehensible activities of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his uninformed followers, we rise to condemn all that this son of Ndigbo stands for, especially his antagonistic disposition towards the government of Nigeria.
“We hold that Kanu, in action and deed, does not represent the collective interest of the South East, hence should be disregarded and seen as inconsequential.
“We are particularly pained that this disposition is painting the Igbos in bad light, especially among undiscerning members of the public, who may not understand that Kanu’s disposition is self-serving and criminal in nature, and not altruistic, as he wants the world to believe.
“We are further using this platform to distance ourselves and the Igbos in general, from the threats issued to peaceful Fulani herders in parts of the South East, as we have always maintained that the freedom to reside and conduct legitimate business in any part of the country, is sacrosanct.
“To our brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers all over the world, we challenge you all to rise in unison to condemn all that Mazi Kanu does, propagates and stands for.
“How can a region known for its entrepreneurial spirit and republican nature, with huge investments in almost every part of Nigeria, allow a fugitive, who is apparently being sponsored by external forces, to continually cast us in such a bad light?”.
The group concluded that there is a need to deploy all lawful force to dismantle this contraption considering their violent attacks on both civilians and security agencies, with attendant deaths and destruction of property.
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