As mixed views continue to herald last Monday’s #RevolutionNow protests in some States of the country, and Security Agents clampdown on the protesters, the Coalition of Northern Groups, CNGs, has accused the South-West of plotting to overthrow President Muhammadu Buhari.
The CNGs spoke on a day that the Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, and Catholic Archbishop of Lagos Metropolitan, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins, disagreed over the necessity of the protests.
While the MURIC passed a vote of confidence on President Buhari, arguing that the proponents of the protest have lost touch with reality, Most Rev. Martins admonished the Federal Government to see the demonstration as a wake-up call from the rank of suffering Nigerians who are asking the government for protection of their lives and properties.
Also, as the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, endorsed the protest and called for the release of Sowore, who has been detained by the Department of State Services, DSS, since Saturday morning.
The CNGs, which in 2017 gave the Igbos in the North an October 1 ultimatum to leave the North, described the protest as an international conspiracy supported by South-Westerners to destabilise the country, and overthrow President Buhari, despite being the “greatest beneficiary” of the same administration. Consequently, the Northern Coalition called for an end to all alliances with the South-West.Speaking on the issue, CNGs explained its decision not to be part of the botched #RevolutionNow marches across the nation, because “the North will not be part of any international conspiracy supported by South-Westerners to destabilise the country.”
While it specifically accused the South-West of being in the forefront of agitations to overthrow the Buhari administration, in spite of being the “greatest beneficiary” of the same administration, the Northern Coalition called for an end to all alliances with the South-West.
“It is quite unfortunate that the South-West, 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 by all means. This can be seen in the manner in which the bulk of political, cultural, religious and traditional leadership, is standing solidly against the government with its open support for call for violent overthrow of the Buhari government by the #RevolutioNow Organisers.
“In particular, such individual beneficiaries of the government as Bola Tinubu, Fashola, Fayemi, Aregbesola, and others, largely from the South-West, were nowhere to be seen when their people and the Southern-based Media ignited tensions over the government’s Ruga Initiative.
“These same beneficiaries appear today in implicit support of the proposed insurrection by maintaining a conspiratorial neutrality, while other Southern influencers like Wole Soyinka, Bisi Akande, Falana, etc explicitly back the Organisers”, the Northern Coalition stated.
“We also wish to ask the President if in all honesty he still considers the South-Western 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 South-West, which involved colliding with his Northern brethren to the point of elevating the status of June 12, as appeasement.
“To the entire Northern Leaders and elite, we categorically say that the current political alignment with the South-West 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 South-West, which has never been North’s political Ally The alliance is already turning out to be unhealthy.
“We are calling 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 South-West 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. They, at the slightest of pretenses, openly denigrate the North, its people, its leadership and culture, which must not be allowed to continue.
“The CNGs, therefore, calls on the current Leadership of the Northern Elders Forum under Professor Ango Abdullahi, to mobilise relevant Stakeholders towards bringing an end to the political partnership with the South-West, and embracing the North’s initial political Allies”, CNG added.
The Coalition was however quick to concede that the President Buhari administration has not lived up to expectations, and should as a matter of urgency apologise to the nation.
“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 Coalition warned.