The Coalition of Northern Groups has called for immediate suspension of the ongoing review of the 1999 constitution.
The spokesman of the group, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, made the call at a press conference in Abuja Thursday.
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He said priority should rather be “of determining who and what actually constitutes 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.
”In order to achieve the final separation of the Igbo from the rest of Nigeria, we demanded 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.’
“The outcome of the referendum shall be final, irreversible and shall not be reviewed or reconsidered for any other reasons.
”Citizens of the break-away 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.”