- Coalition of Northern Groups called on President Buhari and the northern leaders to review the north's alliance with southwest
- The coalition said this after accusing the southwest leaders of conspiracy with the conveners of the RevolutionNow protest against Buhari-led government
- However, the groups also asked President Buhari to apologise to Nigerians for allegedly dragging the country to a desperate situation
The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNGs) has accused southwest leaders of conspiracy of silence over the recent RevolutionNow protest against the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
The coalition, according to a report by The Sun, urged the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) to review the political ties and alliance between the north and southwest.
Legit.ng gathers that the coalition also asked President Buhari to reflect on the state of the nation and take genuine steps to address mounting national grievances.
The northern groups, through a statement reportedly signed by its spokesman, Abdul-Azeez Sulaiman, on Wednesday, August 7, claimed political, cultural, religious and traditional leaders from South West have been silent regarding the protest.
The statement reads in part: “It is quite unfortunate that the southwest, which has been the single major beneficiary of the Buhari administration should also be in the forefront of efforts to discredit and bring him down.”
The coalition asked President Buhari to reconsider his relationship with southwest political leaders.
“We also wish to ask the president if in all honesty he still considers the southwestern players as true friends who are genuinely desirous of his success. He should ask himself if the treatment he is receiving from them is worth the attention he had given the southwest.”
The northern groups further claimed that northern leaders and elite believe that the current political alignment with the southwest “is not paying and it never will”.
“The vital task at this point is for the northern political leadership to renegotiate its current alliance with the southwest, which has never been north’s political ally. The alliance is already turning out to be unhealthy.”
The groups called on the northern elders and leaders “to review the region’s position by realigning with our traditional political friends which had served the whole nation for decades before the coming of this unholy and unprofitable union with the South Western block.
“This has become necessary with the way the southwest is going about the current friendship by being more openly antagonistic to northern interests even while they are the major beneficiaries of the Buhari administration," the coalition said.
However, the groups also asked President Buhari to apologise to Nigerians for allegedly dragging the country to a desperate situation.
According to the coalition, northerners decided not to take part in the RevolutionNow protests because of their belief that every form of disagreement can be resolved through civilised engagement rather than resorting to confrontation.
“We submit that instead of just sitting back to thank Nigerians for not joining the overthrow plan, President Buhari should rather sincerely apologise to the nation by reflecting on how he dragged the country into such a desperate situation, own up to his inadequacies and take genuine steps to address the mounting national grievances.
“Unless this is done, with the growing angry mood that pervades the entire country, the likelihood of a more serious dissent remains imminent," the statement adds.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the CNGs urged the federal government to take immediate measures to end harassment, intimidation, attacks and forceful ejection of pastoralists in southern part of the country.
The coalition said the government should quickly address the issue of their resettlement once and for all.
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