Don’t make Northerners scapegoats for Igangan killings, CNG tells Gani Adams

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By Henry Okonkwo

The Coalition of Northern Groups has warned the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Otunba Gani Adams, against the killing of Northerners in the South-West.

The organisation said on Tuesday following the comments credited to Adams that the killing of residents of Igangan town, Ibarapa in Oke-Ogun Area of Oyo State was a declaration of war on the South-West by the North.

The CNG in the statement by its spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said they found Gani Adam’s allegation ridiculous.

He said, “Any attack against Northerners in any part of the South for the only reason that they are Northerners living as minorities in other communities would not be acceptable.

“Would still be unable to overcome his former militant tendencies and conform to the rules of decency required by his title.

“We find it outrageous for Adams to so readily attribute the attacks to the North whereas the actual attackers have not yet been officially identified.

“For Adams to just jump to such a conclusion that the attacks were carried out by the North and even call it a declaration of war speaks volumes of the mindset of the typical Southerner against the entire Northern region.”

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The CNG described as contradictory that Adams, who was quick to beat drums of war against the North was the same leader of the Oodua Peoples Congress that allegedly cheered recent attacks and killings of non-Yoruba residents of the same Igangan by Yoruba gangs under Sunday Ighoho which, the CNG claimed was downplayed by the Southern media.

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