Diaspora groups demand Biafra referendum

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Pro-Biafra protesters [Photo: TodayNG]

Participants at a conference in Texas, USA, have insisted that a Biafra referendum be held to determine the people’s willingness to continue being a part of Nigeria.

According to a communique issued at the end of the meeting in Houston, the groups unanimously agreed that mechanisms and strategies be put in place to achieve the referendum.

“That referendum is the ultimate solution to the agitation and unrest in the southern part of Nigeria, to be conducted peacefully without loss of life or destruction of property,” read the communique signed by J.O.S Okeke and Chiwuikem Ihediwa.

The groups also demanded that the Nigerian government release “without delay” the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, who is still in detention over his involvement and agitation for self-determination.

Those at the conference included representatives of the Supreme Council of Elders of Indigenous People of Biafra; Biafra Government in Exile; Igboezue Cultural Advancement Association Worldwide; and Igbo Peoples Congress, Houston.

Others were members of the Indigenous People of Biafra; Biafran Memorial Group; the Great Igbo Debate Group; and a representative of Middle Belt Congress.

Calls by Igbo groups for a Biafra referendum reached a climax after the recent Brexit, where Britain voted to withdraw its membership from the European Union.

One week after the June 23 referendum, the IPOB launched a campaign it tagged BIAFRAEXIT, to canvass support for a Biafra referendum.

Last week, the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra made an appeal to the UN to arrange and conduct a referendum on Biafra.

At the just concluded UN General Assembly in New York, President Muhammadu Buhari called on the campaigners for a Biafra referendum to form a political party that would represent their interest within Nigeria.


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