- The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has asked the federal government to expel a Turkish businessman from Nigeria
- The group said the Turkish businessman has meddled in the internal security of the Nigerian government
- CNG also accused Abdulkadir Erkahraman of making some "undiplomatic suggestions" on the military invasion at the home of the leader of the IPOB Nnamdi Kanu
The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has called on the Nigerian government to expel a Turkish businessman Abdulkadir Erkahraman from Nigeria for supporting the issues of Biafra.
The group said Erkahraman has meddled into Nigeria's matters of internal security with regards of the alleged invasion of the Nigerian military on the residence of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu.
In a statement signed by the spokesperson for the CNG Abdul-Azeez Suleima, the group said the expulsion of Erkahraman from Nigerian has become necessary after some "undiplomatic suggestions" made by him on the ongoing Biafra agitations.
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Suleiman said: "We find it ridiculous that the diplomat, by extension speaking for the Turkish government, should throw all diplomatic ethics to the winds by tending to believe the fabricated invasion story even after the Nigerian authorities have denied it."
He said Erkahraman and the Turkish government must accept that Nigeria is a sovereign state with the sole responsibility of handling its own internal security matters.
Suleiman stated: "We call on the federal authorities to take urgent proactive measures to check the Turkish activities in Nigeria in the light of Erkahraman's veiled reference to the likelihood of arming the Biafrans against the state and the recent interception of arms being smuggled in through Lagos.
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"We note with disgust that earlier, the same Turkish diplomat was said to have paid a personal solidarity to Nnamdi Kanu which suggests some form of conspiracy to aid the distabilization of Nigeria.
"While we unequivocally restate that we are not waging war or calling anyone to violence, we also reaffirm our unwillingness to further tolerate the malicious campaign and threats of war waged by the Igbo led by Kanu against the North in particular and the Nigerian state in general.
"Since all people have the right to agitate, to demonstrate and to criticize in a civilized manner, Biafra as an agitation, is not our problem. What we find unacceptably frightening is the open genocidal campaign by Kanu and his IPOB that incessantly and unapologetically refers to Nigeria as a ‘Zoo’ and calls for outright violence against its people, by the “kind of war that nobody has ever seen.
"And now, a few days after a container of arms was intercepted by the authorities in Lagos, this Turkish diplomat came up with his suggestion of armed confrontation giving credence to suspicions of a much wider conspiracy against the Nigerian state.
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"To prevent the impending war and genociide being incited by Kanu's IPOB, we urge the Nigerian government to investigate the utterances of this Turk in relation to the intercepted arms and make a necessary decision in line with what International law and the international criminal court laid down as precedents in dealing with people and groups that openly call for war and genociide."
The group further warned that the CNG would mobilize for a nationwide protests to push home its call for the immediate expulsion of the Turkish Ambassador before it becomes too late.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Erkahraman said the Nigerian government is crossing the red line on the ongoing Biafra agitation by members of the IPOB.
Erkahraman said the federal government was inclining towards pushing the members of the IPOB to engage in armed struggle following military invasion of Kanu's residence.
You can watch this video of a supporter of Nnamdi Kanu and how she wants to celebrate the agitator:[embedded content]
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