Terror Gang Being Deployed to Actualize S/East’s Secession-Northern Lawyers
EMERGENCY DIGEST- Members of the Concerned Young Lawyers from Northern Nigeria said there appears to be a deliberate attempt to run a terror gang that would stampede Nigeria into granting self-determination to the Southeast.
But according to them, the strategy will definitely not work in any decent society.
Sunusi Baffa Salisu ESQ, the Convener of the legal group, in a press statement, said there is no legal or constitutional justification for any group to take up arms against the Nigerian State in the guise of struggle for self-determination.
He added: “Neither is it sensible to make Nigerians of Northern extraction the butt of their violent agitation, especially when there exists alternative windows for peaceful exit.”
According to him, given the kind of open disdain for Nigeria’s domestic and international image on account of IPOB activities, conspiracy of silence by elders of the Southeast – who appear so sympathetic to violent campaign – there is no better time for resort to legal and constitutional solutions.
“We do not want to even delve into how much inherent damage the conduct of this violent group of agitators has done to the country’s drive for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) opportunities.”
Baffa Salisu, explained that it is time to openly affirm our total rejection of the use of the instrument of violence, despite a considerable number of democratic options for self-determination.
He said: “Just like the CNG, we believe that the one of the ways for the southeast to achieve self-determination is to get the National Assemby to organize mechanisms, notably Referendum or plebiscite among the people of the southeast to quantify their opinions about secession as per international best practice. This in exercise of it’s inherent powers under section 4 of the 1999 Constitution as (amended).”
Other young Lawyer signatories include;
Mukhtar Mustapha Kaigama ESQ, Ahmad Umar Hassan ESQ, Fatima Jaafar Abdullahi ESQ, Khalifa Shuaibu Rijiyarlemo ESQ and Umar Nasir ESQ