The Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL) has said that the continued detention of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, against court orders is capable of plunging Nigeria into avoidable turmoil.
COSEYL which is an umbrella body of Igbo youths said this while reacting to a statement credited to the Coalition of Northern Groups, (CNG).
The Northern group had urged the federal government not to comply with the court judgements ordering the unconditional release of Kanu.
COSEYL said it was shocked that CNG which had never issued any strong statement against the atrocities of bandits and killer herdsmen wreaking havoc across the country, could see the release of Kanu in compliance with the court order as injurious.
The President-General of the group, Goodluck Ibem, warned that Nigeria might be courting crisis by detaining Kanu illegally and indefinitely against court rulings.
“The failure to obey court judgement releasing Nnamdi Kanu may cause unnecessary devastation and drive the country over the brink into a catastrophe as strict obedience to court judgements remains the centripetal force holding the sovereignty of any nation.
“Gross disrespect and disobedience to the rule of law has reduced Nigeria to a laughing stock before the comity of nations. Nigeria is now a failed state owing to her fragrant disrespect to the rule of law.
“In just two months, from February 2023 to April 2023, Fulani terrorists parading as herdsmen have killed over 1,000 Benue indigenes and the CNG has not made any statement condemning the massacre but are only quick to speak on issues patterning to the Southeast.
“This same terrorists have displaced over 50 communities and sent two million Benue indigenes to IDPs camps and CNG is silence which amounts to tacit support and approval of the heinous and criminal activities of the terrorists.
"Their silence over the activities of the real enemies and terrorists in Nigeria speaks volumes of what they represent.
“The same CNG claiming to be patriotic has never for once condemned the heinous crimes, killings, rapes, and destructions committed by murderous terrorists and Jihadists parading as herdsmen which is the third most deadliest terror group in the world according to World Global Terror Index.
“We call on the CNG to stop making unpatriotic statements because of ethnic or political benefits and toll the part of decency and the rule of law if truly they are concerned about the growth and development of the Nation."
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