- The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) said they are not in anyway connected to a statement made by a group over Osinbajo becoming Nigerian president
- CNG has informed the public to shun any statement that is not issued by their spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman
- The groups also declared that they hold no grudges against the acting president
Northerner groups have rejected a statement made by Arewa Coalition against Yoruba people and acting president Osinbajo.
The groups declared on Thursday, June 29 through their spokesman, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman that the North has nothing against Yoruba people as a whole.
The statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to a statement by a certain Arewa Coalition in which the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and the Yoruba were derogated.
“While we state that the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) is not in anyway connected to that statement or the group that made it, we call on the public to beware of people and groups currently engaged to distract our noble course.
“We restate here that the name of our group is Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, and advise that any statement not coming from our spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman or Amb. Shettima Yerima or N. A. Shariff, should not be linked to us.
“While we affirm our commitment to the peaceful pursuit of the contents of the Kaduna Declaration, we wish to restate our unshaking respect for, and loyalty to Nigerian authorities and institutions.
“We also state that we hold no grudge against the person of the acting president who is diligently discharging the burden duly entrusted in him by mr president.
“Similarly, we do not habour any ill-will against the Yoruba or any Nigerian tribe for that matter as it is not in the character of the cultured North to do so.
“For further clearance, our struggle is principally to ensure that those seeking to leave Nigeria are given the chance to exercise their fundamental right as entrenched in various international treaties to which Nigeria is a signatory.
“Specifically, we feel concerned by the style of the agitation for Biafra which is punctuated by threats of war and violence.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that a coalition of Arewa Youths had accused Yoruba leaders of paving way for Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to become Nigeria's president.
The coalition in a statement signed by its Muhammed Shehu and Tanko Abdullahi said the Yoruba leaders are out to discredit the North in order for Osinbajo to become the president.
The duo said after the coalition's meeting in Daura, Kastina state, the group has come to the conclusion that it will resist every plan of the Yoruba leaders.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV Video of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo delivering a speech on the Biafra war: