A socio-political organisation, Coalition of Northern Group, has petitioned the United Nations, the United Kingdom and the United States over the nationwide #EndSARS protests that rocked Nigeria last month.
Its spokesman, Suleiman Abdul-Azeez, at a press briefing yesterday, stated that the civil unrest was geared towards destabilizing the country
Abdulazeez accused the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, of escalating the protest by allegedly instigating the burning and destruction of property belonging to some perceived foes.
The group, however, appealed to the international community to hold those who fueled the protests responsible by imposing “necessary international sanctions” to serve as a deterrent to others.
“We demand the United Nations to pronounce the #EndSARS protests as a violent insurrection against the Nigerian state and to hold all persons, groups or governments that insist on justifying them responsible by imposing necessary international sanctions on them.
“The UN should urgently proscribe the activities of IPOB all around the world and appropriately label it a terrorist organization.
“We are also profoundly agitated that the global community continues to give a safe haven to IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who again and again has called for war and genocide and whose propaganda, campaign and directives instigated the Nigeria’s national security assets, killing of people of other regions, looting public and private properties and violating other Nigerians’ dignity and rights during these protest.
“We submit therefore that IPOB by its violent utterances and action against Nigeria and other Nigerian tribes in pursuit of political aims and targeting people based on their ethnicity and religion in ways that are clearly prohibited by relevant Nigerian legislations and international laws, adequately qualifies as a terror outfit.
“We also call on the UN to support the Nigerian State’s recent application of the constitutional tools and other lawful and internationally practiced methods of quelling violent protests that portend total breakdown of law and order,” he said.