- The Coalition of Northern Groups have congratulated Nigerians for a peaceful Independence Day celebration
- The group said some people who wished Nigeria doom have been disappointed
- The group also said it will do all within its powers to defend the interest of the northern region and its founding fathers
The Coalition of Northern Groups on Tuesday, October 3, congratulated Nigerians for a successful and peaceful celebration of the Independence Day.
The coalition in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman said the peaceful celebration of the Independence Day must have been a disappointment to many.
Suleiman said the coalition was awaken to the reality of possible escalation of a dangerous divisive tendency posed by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
He also commended the federal government and security agencies for the prompt attention given to the concerns raised by the coalition.
"We specifically commend the equally patriotic efforts put up by the Borno state Governor Kashim Shettima who courageously led a patriotic section of the Northern Governors' Forum into a dialogue that immensely contributed to the dousing of ethnic tensions.
The statesmanlike roles played by the Northern Elders Forum in particular and other northern political, cultural, traditional and religious leaders in this regard must also be appreciated and commended," Suleiman said.
He also commended the efforts of all CNG's state and local government coordinators in conveying the message of unity and harmony to their respective communities.
Suleiman said: "Most significantly too, are the unprecedented support, understanding, encouragement and resilience extended by the entire northern people to the struggle of the CNG on which the entire success of this year's Independence Day celebration rested.
CNG is also grateful to the cooperation of Igbo leaders in the North in particular and all other Igbo groups and leaders outside and within the Igboland in towing the path of unity by denouncing the terrorist IPOB and its activities while acknowledging citizens rights to peaceful and lawful agitations as advised by CNG."
The coalition commended Nigerian and foreign media for various professional roles in ensuring the unity of Nigeria is preserved.
The coalition further reassures the north of its commitment to defending the region's interest and the reclamation and protection of the integrity of its founders against all odds.
"As we join all Nigerians in the celebration of the achievement of this historic feat, we are also proud to restate our commitment to working with all genuinely nationalist groups and agencies to ensure a future peaceful, more united, stronger and prosperous Nigeria," Suleiman said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari was in Maiduguri on Sunday, October 1, to celebrate Nigeria's 57th Independence anniversary with troops.
The president spent the entire day with the troops fighting Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast.
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