Abdulazeez Suleiman, spokesman of the Northern Coalition Group, says amending Nigeria’s constitution in the face of the actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra is unnecessary.
He therefore called on the National Assembly to invoke the doctrine of necessity to organize a referendum to determine if the South-East region of Nigeria would want to be a part of Nigeria.
He told newsmen in Abuja Thursday that, “We demand the immediate suspension of the ongoing exercise for the review of the 1999 Constitution and to concentrate on determining who and what actually constitute Nigeria as a nation in the present circumstance in which the Igbo, by taking up arms against the Nigerian state for the third time, have foreclosed every hope for the rest of us to continue coexisting with them as one nation.
“We also demand the NASS to organize a referendum by seeking the cover of the same Doctrine of Necessity invoked by Nigeria’s federal parliament that paved way for former President Goodluck Jonathan’s takeover by declaring the late President Umaru Musa Yaradua unfit.
“We further demand NASS to prevail on the federal government to invite the United Nations as well as the African Union and ECOWAS to initiate the process of self-determination to mandate the Biafrans out of the Nigerian union by leveraging on the several relevant international treaties and conventions to which Nigeria is a signatory.
“Everyone can see that the diabolical scheme planned and exhibited in the actions and clamours of IPOB, supported morally and politically by the vast majority of the pliant and affrighted Igbo elite and the larger population of this ethnic group has pushed Nigeria to the precipice.
“We are convinced that this renewed violent determination of the Igbo to see through the secession of the South East from Nigeria is now real and cannot be avoided or deferred any longer without terrible consequences.
“CNG is of the view that resort to available means of actualising the separation of the South East from the rest of Nigeria is today a vital task that must be undertaken by all.
“We are hoping the NASS will come up with a framework to be agreed upon in the course of the referendum and its final implementation in the South East or any enclave that wishes to secede from Nigeria.
“All identified indigenes of the enclave or entity that called for secession must leave Nigeria and assemble in their designated enclave for the purpose of the exercise.
“The outcome of the referendum shall be final, and not reviewed or reconsidered for any other reasons. Citizens of the breakaway enclave shall be deprived of any automatic rights to return to the territory of the rump Nigeria, or to be admitted to live in any of its parts.”