OPEN LETTER TO ALL NIGERIANS
PRESS RELEASE! PRESS RELEASE!! PRESS RELEASE!!!
OPEN LETTER TO ALL NIGERIANS
POSITION OF CSOs IN KANO STATE ON THE NATIONAL CRISIS EMANATING FROM THE QUIT NOTICE ISSUED TO IGBOS BY SOME NORTHERN YOUTH ASSOCIATIONS TO LEAVE THE REGION
On the 18th June 2017, representative of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) listed below met under the auspices of Kano Civil Society Forum (KCSF) at African Research and Development Agency (ARADA) office in Kano and discussed the burning national issue bordering on the quit notice issued by some Northern Youth Associations to Igbos residing in the North to leave the region on or before October 1st 2017.
In attendance at the meeting were representatives of the following Civil Society Organizations (CSOs); African Research and Development Agency (ARADA); Kano Civil Society Forum (KCSF); Civil Liberty Organization (CLO); Network for Justice, (N4J), National Response Initiative (NRI); United Action for Democracy; Youth Global Vision For Peace in Africa; One Nation Group (ONG); Movement of Nigeria; Youth Parliament; Democratic Action Group; Kano Community Organization Forum; Jigawa Forum; Coalition of Kano Civil Societies; SOTEC Foundation and Kano Development Initiative (KDI).
The meeting reached the consensus that all the CSOs represented at the meeting do not support any agitation for the dismemberment of Nigeria, nor do they support any call for the eviction of any Nigerian citizen living in any part of the country, as doing any of the above is a clear violation of the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which is based on the foundation of a united Nigeria with the guaranteed right of residency for its citizens in any part of the country depending on their choices.
This position is an acknowledgment of the struggle of our forebears, which should not be in vain, for a united and independent country as well as the painful lessons we derived from the civil war that resulted shortly after independence. The meeting strongly believes the future of Nigeria and all Nigerians as well as Africa, like all other developed or developing countries and Regions, does not and cannot lie in the unjust, divisive, irrational and prejudicial notion of social exclusion promoted by separatist movements, or occasioned by an equally primordial and ill-considered reaction to them.
The meeting affirmed that the future of Nigeria lies in the emulation of our forebears towards a united country that applies, and is seen to apply, all the relevant, just, constitutional and integrative principles of nation-building and social development like all successful modern nation states.
Finally the meeting resolved that the increasing spate of sectional conflicts in the country is the direct outcome of the failure of Government to check both local, and foreign, threats to the sovereignty, integrity and development of the country in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as well as the earlier examples of nationalist-cum-democratic governments of the 1st and 2nd Republics which greatly contributed to both independence and unity not only in Nigeria but also in the African Region as a whole. In the light of this the meeting decided to:
- Call for abiding support for the constitutional and democratic development of Nigeria along the path of unity founded on the principles of justice, economic integration and respect for international and human rights laws.
- Call for the unity of all peace loving, democratic and patriotic Nigerians in each town, state, and the Federation as a whole to stand in opposition to the divisive acts of opportunist politicians, hostile foreign interests and sectional demagogues.
- Call on the Federal Government of Nigeria to stand up and actively shoulder its responsibilities of nation-building by respecting, upholding and promoting constitutional principles of justice, unity and inclusive citizenship without fear or favor in line with all successful modern nation states.
Long live a United Federal Republic of Nigeria
Ibrahim I. Bello Muhammad Mustapha Yahya
Ag. Chairman, KCSF Secretary, KSCF
Date: 19th June 2017