The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has threatened to boycott all Igbo-owned companies throughout the North.
The CNG issued the warning in response to the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra’s so-called cattle embargo (IPOB).
IPOB, which has been imposing a sit-at-home order in the South East, released a statement on Saturday ordering citizens in the zone to stop eating beef from imported cattle from the north as of April 8, 2022.
“8th April 2022 is the date. From that date, no more Fulani cow shall be allowed into Biafraland for any reason, not for burials, title taking, weddings etc,” the statement read.
CNG, on the other hand, claimed the comment amounts to a major provocation and serious threat to northern commercial interests in the South East, as well as the physical well-being of Northerners living as minorities among Igbo communities, through its spokesperson Abdul-Azeez Suleiman.
“In a renewed resolve to pay coin for coin for any direct or indirect attack or threat to Northerners and their interests anywhere in the country, the CNG called for the total boycott of all businesses, goods and services operated by Igbo in the North effective from the same April 2022.”
“The CNG also called on northerners everywhere to decline support for any political party or formation or movement that has the active participation of South East politicians.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the North while maintaining its tradition of tolerance and accommodation, shall however no longer be disposed to condoning further acts of irresponsibility in the form of deliberate threats of intimidation or harassment targeted at Northerners living and doing legitimate businesses elsewhere in the country.”
He then urged northern transporters and suppliers of goods to consider alternative trade routes to avoid the imminent risks that come with IPOB’s threat adding, “We warn that the North has had enough of the antagonism from the South East and its attack dog, the IPOB and will no longer remain passive under such deliberate and sustained attacks and will henceforth be forced to react to every provocation and unwarranted abuse and violations.”
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