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A Northern-based group, Area Agenda, has hailed Igbo leaders for exposing what it called the sinister agenda of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra in Nigeria.

The group states this in a statement on Wednesday by its Convener, Mohammad Dahiru Lawal, while condemning the actions of the leader of the group, Nnamdi Kanu, in the wake of the #endSARS protest.

It said: “We at the Arewa Agenda, a forum of young writers from Northern Nigeria towards peaceful coexistence and national development, find it necessary to react to recent developments over EndSARS protests.

“Besides the COVID-19 Pandemic that has unsettled the world this year, protest against Police brutality is an issue that has sparked crises in strategic countries of the world, threatening the breakdown of law and order in some cases.

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“The death of Mr. George Floyd, 46, triggered a wave of protests across the United States, world power and symbolic country on the American continent in June.

“Britain, a strategic nation and heartbeat of the European continent followed suit in protesting against increased use of stop and search during the COVID-19 lockdown in areas with large black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) populations, as well as in showing solidarity with demonstrators in the US. A total of 27 police officers were hurt during protests in London, the Met Police later revealed.

“Nigeria as a global symbol of Africa’s reference point has its own share of the sweeping wave when in October, Nigerian youths embarked on a peaceful protest tagged #EndSARS to demand the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit, as well as, other reforms in the Nigerian Police Force (NPF).

A Northern-based group, Area Agenda, has hailed Igbo leaders for exposing what it called the sinister agenda of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra in Nigeria.

The group states this in a statement on Wednesday by its Convener, Mohammad Dahiru Lawal, while condemning the actions of the leader of the group, Nnamdi Kanu, in the wake of the #endSARS protest.

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It said: “We at the Arewa Agenda, a forum of young writers from Northern Nigeria towards peaceful coexistence and national development, find it necessary to react to recent developments over EndSARS protests.

“Besides the COVID-19 Pandemic that has unsettled the world this year, protest against Police brutality is an issue that has sparked crises in strategic countries of the world, threatening the breakdown of law and order in some cases.

“The death of Mr. George Floyd, 46, triggered a wave of protests across the United States, world power and symbolic country on the American continent in June.

“Britain, a strategic nation and heartbeat of the European continent followed suit in protesting against increased use of stop and search during the COVID-19 lockdown in areas with large black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) populations, as well as in showing solidarity with demonstrators in the US. A total of 27 police officers were hurt during protests in London, the Met Police later revealed.

“Nigeria as a global symbol of Africa’s reference point has its own share of the sweeping wave when in October, Nigerian youths embarked on a peaceful protest tagged #EndSARS to demand the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit, as well as, other reforms in the Nigerian Police Force (NPF).

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“While we at Arewa Agenda for National Unity continue to echo our continued call for peaceful coexistence and national development, we wish to use this medium in calling on governments across all levels to prioritize a need-based approach towards addressing the yearnings of fellow Nigerians.

“To our fellow countrymen, we need to know that there is strength in our diversity and only when we continue to come together like this, shall we exploit the true potentials that will propel us to greatness.”

 

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