As mixed views continue to herald last Monday’s #RevolutionNow protests in some States of the country, and Security Agents clampdown on the protesters, the Coalition of Northern Groups, CNGs, has accused the South-West of plotting to overthrow President Muhammadu Buhari.
The CNGs spoke on a day that the Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, and Catholic Archbishop of Lagos Metropolitan, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins, disagreed over the necessity of the protests.
While the MURIC passed a vote of confidence on President Buhari, arguing that the proponents of the protest have lost touch with reality, Most Rev. Martins admonished the Federal Government to see the demonstration as a wake-up call from the rank of suffering Nigerians who are asking the government for protection of their lives and properties.
Also, as the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, endorsed the protest and called for the release of Sowore, who has been detained by the Department of State Services, DSS, since Saturday morning.
The CNGs, which in 2017 gave the Igbos in the North an October 1 ultimatum to leave the North, described the protest as an international conspiracy supported by South-Westerners to destabilise the country, and overthrow President Buhari, despite being the “greatest beneficiary” of the same administration. Consequently, the Northern Coalition called for an end to all alliances with the South-West.
The Coalition was however quick to concede that the President Buhari administration has not lived up to expectations, and should as a matter of urgency apologise to the nation.
“We submit that instead of just sitting back to thank Nigerians for not joining the overthrow plan, President Buhari should rather sincerely apologise to the nation, by reflecting on how he dragged the country into such a desperate situation, own up to his inadequacies, and take genuine steps to address the mounting national grievances.
“Unless this is done, with the growing angry mood that pervades the entire country, the likelihood of a more serious dissent remains imminent”, the Coalition warned.