Nigeria’s ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) has issued a word of advice to the separatist groups in the country.
At the forefront of calls for self-determination for the Ndigbos are the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).
The APC advised Nnamdi Kanu and other people agitating for an independent nation to form a political party and contest for the presidency.
The party said this in a statement signed by its spokesman, Bolaji Abdullahi.
According to the statement, the advice was intended for the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) as well as northern youths who recently ordered Igbos away from their lands.
In the statement, Abdullahi said the APC condemned the move, describing it as undemocratic.
The statement read in part;
“As a party, we submit to the inalienable right of citizens and groups to agitate for a legitimate cause. However, there are lawful laid down procedures for any form of agitation in a democracy. We observe that the nature and content of recent agitations clearly transcend the boundaries of the law and exceeds the limits of freedom of speech,”
“While agitations on many contentious issues in the polity are normal and key ingredients of the participatory democracy which the APC stands for and defends, such agitations must be peaceful and show respect for the constitutional rights of other citizens. The national assembly, the courts and several lawful avenues are available to citizens, groups and sundry interests to make a change, seek redress and advance legitimate causes. Therefore, we call on agitators to either join a political party which shares their ideology or form a new party to push their cause.
“The APC strongly condemns any utterance, ultimatum or actions that threaten our corporate existence as a country. The party is confident that our security agencies will investigate and prosecute promoters and sponsors of these provocative, divisive, inciting and undemocratic declarations and actions.”
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