Osinbajo behind North, South-East crisis – Northern Elders says


The North has accused Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, of fueling the latest crisis between the Northerners and the South-Easterners, that is currently threatening the country’s unity.

A Second Republic Lawmaker, and Elder Statesman, Junaid Muhammad, maintained that Osinbajo’s silence in tackling groups making inflammatory statements, is tantamount to irresponsibility.

Muhammad made the remark while speaking at a Public Lecture, organised by the Mumbayya House, with the theme, “Electoral Democracy and Integrity in Nigeria, Reflections on INEC Transformation 2011-2015”, in Kano.

He said: “I must make it clear that lack of brutal frankness on the part of government, especially the Acting President, when it comes to national issues, appeared to be fueling these drumbeats of war.”

Recall, that the Spokesperson of the Northern Coalition group, Coalition of Northern Youths, Abdulaziz Suleiman, had ordered the Igbos to vacate the region, in three months.

Speaking last week Tuesday, Suleiman had said the entire Northern Nigeria was tired of coexisting with the Igbos, and asked that “all Igbos currently residing in any part of Northern Nigeria, are hereby served notice to relocate within three months, and all Northerners residing in the East, are advised likewise.

“The persistence for the actualization of Biafra by the unruly Igbos of South-Eastern Nigeria, has lately assumed another alarming twist, which involved the forceful lock down of activities, and denial of other people’s right to free movement in the South-East, by the rebel Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and its overt and covert sponsors.”

“Various ethnic groups and individuals have been making remarks capable of breaking the unity of Nigeria, but I haven’t heard the government as the epitome of statehood, calling people to order”, Muhammad added.

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