Count us out of planned Airport blockade – CNG



The Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG has frowned at that the Department of State Security Services (DSS), has invited the national president of the Nigeria Youth Union (NYU), Chinonso Obasi, alongside youth leaders including the CNG in connection with a plan disrupt activities at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.


Categorically repudiating that it has part of any such plans, the CNG in a statement by its spokesperson Abdul-Azeez Suleiman also said none of its officials has invited by the DSS as reported.


A report by the Guardian newspaper on Tuesday said Youth groups, comprising of NYU, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), National Association of Colleges of Education Students (NACES), Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), Northern Youths Initiative Peace and Good Governance, planned disrupt peaceful activities at the airport on Wednesday raise global awareness deplorable state of Healthcare Centres (PHCs) in Nigeria but the DSS invitation has distorted the plan.


Reacting sharply the report, Suleiman, CNG’S Spokesperson said his group is neither aware of any such plans, not ever contacted by the organizers whom it does not even know in the first place.


“The CNG has not known to jump unto a flight without actually knowing its destination and hereby dispels the report as untrue and an attempt by some popularity seekers to misuse its public rating as the single strongest voice in the region.


“We long observed that a section of the national media has not extremely careful in its reportage of circumstances surrounding the activities of the CNG and events that mostly affect the North.
“Yet, notwithstanding the well-known bias of this section of the media, CNG never made a habit of denouncing it at every occasion or slightest of breaches of decorum and etiquette. We were all along hoping that they would change to being more restrained in reporting on matters without resorting to overkill.


“We the CNG at this point, shall expect the proprietors of the various media outfits, along with their professional bodies to regulate themselves and abide by their own rules and etiquette regarding the dissemination and reportage of .


“We restate here that editorial policies and restraints imposed by ordinary decency and sanity must not be abandoned by the media establishment sensational and often biased reporting,” Suleiman warned.