Referendum, not quit notice will create Biafra – PDP BoT Chairman

Pro-Biafra protesters [Photo: TodayNG]
Pro-Biafra protesters [Photo: TodayNG]

The National Chairman of the Board of Trustees, BOT, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Walid Jibrin, said on Wednesday that Biafra would be realised only by referendum and not quit notice.

Mr. Jibrin stated this while speaking with journalists in Nasarawa, Nasarawa State.

He said that he would not support any group to bring division in the country, adding that peace and unity were the necessary requirements for the development of any nation.

According to him, if truly the Igbos want their country, it is only referendum that will grant that independence.

Mr. Jibrin said that everybody had his opinion as a Nigerian, and that if public opinion said Igbos should have their country or the North should have theirs, “so be it”.

He cited Britain which conducted referendum on European Union membership, saying that due process must be followed before granting independence to any group.

He cautioned that agitations should be devoid of crisis and called on Nigerians to see themselves as one.

The BoT chairman also advised politicians and other groups, who had formed the habit of instigating youths to foment trouble in the society, to desist from such acts.

He said that the people should offer positive guide to the youths “for the growth and development of the nation”.

“If Igbos want their own independence as Biafra, is it enough for the Northern youths to give them quit notice to leave the north to their states?

“The answer is no. I will not instigate any youth to do that, and `quit notice’ is not a good word. This quit notice will not bring peace.

“We must live together, live in unity, unite ourselves and we should not threaten anybody as everybody has the right to live in Nigeria and we don’t have to call for war,” he said.

Mr. Jibrin urged Muslims and other Nigerians to use the lesson of Ramadan to continue to preach peace, unity and love irrespective of ethnic, religious and political affiliation.

He urged Nigerians to be law-abiding, respect constituted authorities and to shun negative tendencies and pursue interests of peace and national development always.


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  • Justice Equity

    Well said sir,Nigeria was on the march to greatness until Satan afflicted Nigeria with APC axis of evil party and buhari her navigator.
    Since they came, there is no evil that haven’t befallen Nigeria. They started by corrupting attahiru jegajega to defraud Nigerian citizens of their voting rights through his malicious deployment of PVC and card reader,they moved on to undermining the Inec,judiciary, efcc,DSS,to divisive evil agenda against Nigeria, to lopsided appointment, to 97%+5% profiling of Nigerians,to killing of unarmed innocent flag carrying youths ,to disobedience of court order,to recession, to a lying and falsehood peddling government and now to issuing quit notice on IBO because they didn’t vote for buhari and APC in 2015 elections.
    May God Almighty destroy every thing that have to do with this axis of evil party, so that peace shall return to Nigeria.

  • Marta Lukeman

    Your correct sir
    Referendum or no more election in biafran land.

    • Dan Arewa

      I prefer ‘no election in biafran land’. Igbos have the history of putting all their eggs in one basket, and the basket is always thrown away.

  • SHAD MESCH OKOYE

    Believe me, this is only person that has reasoned like human being in Nigeria! Referendum is the only way out, just like we have a penalty shootout to decide a winner in football matches.

  • tunde

    I have stated and pointed that out countless times because i came to conclusion many years ago that center cannot hold based on 1963 march time magazine publication. Goodluck!

  • thusspokez

    All these people are queuing up to take cheap shots and at the patriotic Arewa Youths, but it was the neobiafrans who started it — daily insults and hatred of Nigeria and other Nigerian ethnic groups for decades –yet these Igbos have escaped criticism. Some are still continuing with their daily posting of hatred and insults on Nigerian websites.

  • Lanre

    Thank you Alhaji Walid Jibrin. Throughout history, Northern Politicians have always been frank about Nigeria. The Sarduana, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello was honest. It was we Southerners that insisted on union. Today, the Northern Youth have challenged the leadership of Nigeria to organize a referendum. Walid Jibrin (as a foremost Political Leader) has asked for a referendum. Prof. Osibajo is a Professor of Law. You would think he would grab this opportunity to meet with the leadership of the National Assembly; the Leadership of the Major Parties in the country; the Governors and tell them he would be asking for the organization of a referendum. No. He has to play Oladipo Diya……..

    • Dan Arewa

      Walid Jibrin ‘a foremost political leader’…… has asked for a referendum….blah blah blah. This shows you either did not comprehend what WJ has said or you read the article up-side-down.

    • Julius

      What is wrong with the ezes, elders and elites of the Igbos asking for a meeting with the acting president and demand a referendum or their reps in NASS filling for one ? . Do you really think they wants it ? Why putting it on the VP ? Your half ass smart comment about Diya missed the point. Let’s be serious for once.

  • Dan Arewa

    Referendum or no referendum, election or no election in Southeastern Nigeria – igbos own business. Ojukwu was a youth when he caused serious trouble to Nigeria and a disaster to his people. Nzeogwu and co were youths when they carried out the first ever coup d’etat in Nigeria and all backfired. It is more like these fools aren’t wise enough to learn from their mistakes.

    Igbos have so much hatred to Hausa/Fulani’s yet one cannot imagine how many hundreds of thousands or millions of them are living in the north. It is a plain hypocrisy as Prof. Ango Abdullahi calls it. You said you don’t want to live in this house, yet your children are found in each and every room of the house, sleeping on every bed, eating from each and every dish.

    Personally, I don’t prefer a quit notice, but if one says I don’t want to be part of this compound anymore, another has right to say ‘hey dude, don’t forget to hiss to your puppies so that they can follow you to your new home’.

    • Julius

      Well said . The Arewa youths are only trying to help them to achieve their goal of having their own country by telling them to move back there. Ain’t see nothing wrong with that . Why all the fuss ?

  • Frank Bassey

    We are gradually getting there. This basis for our co-existence in this country must be re-visited. Sucking the wealth in a section of the country, endangering their lives till eternity, and sharing the proceeds among those that contribute little or nothing, yet getting the lion share; is the worst form of injustice ever.

    • Dan Arewa

      frank, can you please explain the ‘getting the lion share’ and how it happened in current structure?

      • Frank Bassey

        Simple. Google it and show the FAAC allocations to the 6 geo-political zones. Show the contributions of the zones to the Treasury too. Show their IGR also.