Diaspora groups demand Biafra referendum

Pro-Biafra protesters [Photo: TodayNG]
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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  • John Smith

    Please let these people go for goodness sake, who cares. It’s getting boring now hearing this Biafra every seconds. Nigeria is over populated anyway and that is why most people lives in abject poverty. Let them go for God sake. Yoruba people got gold in Ilesha, cocoa in Ibadan, crude oil in ijebu linked to Lagos. We can go back to all those abandon cash crops in the time of Awolowo and start exporting without depending on oil. Even only lagos alone can feed the Yorubas. We can build a federal republic of Odua and lagos the capital city. As a typical omo ogun living abroad I am just fed up with this intimidation by the ibo people. Let them go for God sake. If a wife want a divorce then let her go.

    • Deovolente

      “….We can build a federal republic of Odua ….”

      Are you proposing that the SW secede as an Odua republic?

      • Tunji Olarewaju

        If that’s what we want,we can easily obtain it . We’re known for using our brains, unlike those f00ls from across the Niger to the eas who have more brawn than brain

        • PaschalUkpabi

          You call people across the Niger fools? So much for your intelligence. No person with a brain calls a group fools. Igbo; fools? Why are you so angry? Please watch your health. Hate can destroy you.

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      The truth is that the Young is not being stopped from going east,so yibos are not been stopped from going!

    • ayobamiba

      Why are you in exile ,if Nigeria is working to your satisfaction, what will you be doing in the foreigne land where you are seeking asylum. Ibos are better than you and your shameless Judas race,they don’t want to continue to put their destiny in the hands of satanic conspiracy between yorubats and herdsmen. They want to build a country where mediocrity is not celebrated as you are doing today,they want to unleash their God given potentials to lift Africa and black race from self afflicted oblivion ,they want escape from antagonists, haters,murderers,religious and tribal bigots,they want to escape for corruption that yorubats afflicted Nigeria with. May God help them to succeed. Pls don’t be an enemy of progress, ibos want to make progress, don’t begrudge them.change is a constant thing,only cowards, lazy and fearful are afraid of change.

  • Bee

    Nigeria is already visibly divided anyway, to the extent that even previous blind men like
    Obasanjo etc. could now see, Kudos to Mohammed Buhari. Referendum is now just a
    mere formality in any case. Thanks

  • Degentle

    Nigeria/Buhari are proving stubborn to let Biafra go. They must succumb as i am seeing the wrath of God befalling on them like the case of Egypt/Pharoh and Israel/Moses.

  • Egbu Yugo

    The people calling for the Referendum ought to map out their boundaries so that we can know where the Referendum will take place. There are so many maps of the proposed country out there. Failure to do so amounts to putting the cart before the Ox.