IPOB: Tofa calls for national conference

Bashiru Tofa
Bashiru Tofa

A prominent Northern political leader, Bashiru Tofa, on Friday asked the Nigerian government to urgently convene a national peace conference to tackle issues of political agitations and crisis rocking the nation.

Mr. Tofa, the National Republican Convention NRC, candidate in the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election, said the conference would particularly address the agitations of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB which has led to an invasion of the South-east by the military and has led to violence.

”Let’s hope this is acceptable and the right and genuine people (not bigots or popularity seekers) will be called to think through it. Something on a permanent basis should be established,” he said.

”May the Almighty God help this country and bless her with a lasting peace. He gave us everything, but we have been, and remain, ungrateful to Him and utterly selfish,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, SOKAPU, has called for the implementation of the report of the 2014 National Conference.

Their request is coming months after the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, had also urged the Nigerian government to commence the process for the implementation of the recommendations of conference.

Some members of IPOB, during the week, clashed repeatedly with soldiers as the military commenced preparations for exercise Egwu Eke II (Python Dance ll) which officially commenced on Friday.

Injured persons have also been recorded by both the security agencies and the pro-Biafan group leading to calls by some Nigerians for the federal government to halt the exercise.

The Army has said the exercise will continue and was meant to check criminality in the region.

IPOB is fighting for an independent state of Biafra.


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  • Agba

    Nigeria don’t need any useless conference,it’s too late for that,we had many of that,without result.

    • Emeka

      Good point. Supported.

  • Jon

    One cannot ban self-determination recognized by International Law. So, the ban itself is illegal, null and void.

    • Emeka

      Tell your father to unban IPOB and let us know when you’re done! Ewu

  • thisnigeria

    Buhari has said it repeatedly that Nigeria needs to kill corruption otherwise would kill Nigeria. This is why Nigeria needs to be restructured because as it is, it is either corruption per se or encourages corruption at best. A situation where you rob Peter to pay Paul is anything but corruption.
    Aside from that, in spite of all the efforts of Bihari corruption is still very much with us because there is too much money at the center than it can handle and supervise how it is disbursed and spent effectively. This is why the same projects are being financed year in year out since the money is simply shared with no job done. This is why there is so much misery and anguish in the land such that people who normally are not prone to protests are in to it. Unless the situation is reversed, the resultant effects of corruption will eventually kill Nigeria.

  • Dan maikoko

    We cannot call a national conference nigeria is in possession of a signed surrender document . A challenge to surrender is call for extermination period .