The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has asked a former Governor of Anambra State, Chukuemeka Ezeife, to go and prostrate and kneel before the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, in order for the South-East to produce the president of Nigeria in 2023.
CNG was replying to a statement by Ezeife on Saturday, saying that the people of the South-East was prepared to take every necessary step, including prostrating and kneeling before other regions to allow the region to get the 2023 presidency.
The former governor, who spoke at an event in Abuja had said, “The Igbo man does not kneel down but this time, we are prepared to kneel down, beg, and prostrate to every part of Nigeria to get the 2023 presidency.”
But responding to that on Monday in a statement through its spokesman, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, CNG said the comment by Ezeife was “nothing but deception”. He, therefore, asked the North to disregard the plea saying that the South-East are not “sincere and should not be trusted”.
CNG statement read, “The bitter truth is that no matter how low the Igbos are willing to go or how long they are willing to keep their knees on the ground, it will be unreasonable to expect other Nigerian tribes, not least the North, to risk entrusting the presidency in them,” the CNG statement reads.
“It is said that once bitten, twice shy, and the current northern thinking is beyond the repeated deceptions such as this one by the Igbos which at every turn, results in tragedy.
“We see the recent belated desperation by the Igbos as nothing but an afterthought that is downright unacceptable.
“It is deceptive for them to make such overtures after having encouraged and supported Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the atrocities committed against other Nigerians, particularly northerners by his IPOB.
“If the Igbo must prostrate to anyone, they should prostrate to Kanu as the North has come of age and shall not be deceived or fooled any longer.”