Ex-presidential candidates forum cautions against backing secessionists

  A group, Patriotic Presidential Candidates Forum (PPCF), has cautioned political and cultural leaders in the South East and West to stop b...

 

A group, Patriotic Presidential Candidates Forum (PPCF), has cautioned political and cultural leaders in the South East and West to stop backing secessionists, saying the interest of the nation should be considered over individual and sectional interests.

The ex-candidates, who said they contested the presidency with President Muhammadu Buhari, lamented security challenges bedeviling the country, adding that the situation should not be further compounded in the guise of agitation and secession.

The group pointed out that they have noticed tribal colouration disguised as self determinism, saying the elite and traditional rulers from the affected zones should shun acts capable of undermining the unity of Nigeria.

“We the Patriotic Presidential Candidates Forum that contested the 2019 general Election alongside with Muhammadu Buhari, hereby call on all well meaning Igbo people including patriotic leaders at all level, from the South Eastern States to see Nigeria Nation as more important than one individual, ethnic and tribal interest or Regional agitation in the face of the current insecurity and many National challenges bedeviling our Nation at the moment.

“We wish to advise all the political elites and traditional rulers from the Eastern region to shun any act capable of destroying our overall national interest and unity, and all forms of selfish ambition or ethnic interest,” it said.

In a statement issued by the Spokesperson and Co-Chairman of the group, Dr Rabia Cengiz on Wednesday, the group alleged that the embattled Nnamdi Kanu, who is the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), was insulting the nation and consistently spreading falsehood against it.

They noted that Nigeria operates set laws that guide actions of all citizens which the IPOB leader at the time jumped bail, wondering if it was right that he should be left to continue his offence against the state.

They further alleged that IPOB’s activities has negatively affected the image of Nigeria, a situation they claimed, was contributory to foreign investors not coming into the county.

Against the odds by the IPOB leader against the nation, the group lamented that the eastern elite were silent, even as the economy of the South East was badly hit too.

They called on all and sundry to close ranks in building a nation that would facilitate the growth of generations and those yet unborn, stating that as the most populous black nation, Nigeria has numerous advantages to lead Africa in the nearest future.

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