Richard Ginika Izuora
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu, on Friday, January 15, declared that a referendum remained the only solution to many problems bedeviling Nigeria.
Kanu made this assertion in a statement issued by its spokesman, Emma Powerful.
He issued the statement in response to Nigeria’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day, a ceremony to mark the Nigerian Civil War otherwise known as Biafran War.
According to him, it is sad that Nigeria was still marking the 1967 – 1970 ugly event; which according to him, remained a genocidal war waged to annihilate the people of the old eastern region.
Kanu said, “Instead of treating Biafrans as equal stakeholders in the affairs of the country they have continued to subjugate; and hunt down our people with the help of collaborators in government houses in the east; and Igbo professional traitors based in Abuja as well as Lagos.
“IPOB family members and other Biafran agitators have remained daily targets of the oppressor; and their security agencies who see the South as a conquered territory; and its indigenous inhabitants ripe for elimination at all cost.
“The question every rational being must as is this; why is Nigeria living in self-denial? Despite repeated warnings, sometimes from those who previously worked against Biafra, that Nigeria is fast traveling on the same highway that led to the war in 1967, those at the helm of leadership in the Zoo that laughably refer to themselves as the ‘elites’ have chosen to play the ostrich.
“Instead of playing to the gallery with warm words and empty promises; the time has come for these mischievous political hoodlums masquerading as elites in Nigeria; to courageously do the needful; and permanently address the root cause of the ever growing agitations across the Luggardian contraption.
“There is only one universally acknowledged solution to the problems bedeviling One Nigeria; it is called Referendum.
“This will enable and more importantly give the various ethnic nationalities forcibly clamped together into the undesirable British engineered colonial cage; the choice to decide whether or not they wish to continue their miserable coexistence or not.
“I understand the fear and apprehension of ethnic groups in Arewa core North living under Fulani hegemonic bondage. We would like to reassure them that Biafra won’t abandon them.
“The Biafra project is designed to set every oppressed group within Nigeria free; not just the long-suffering people of the East.
“IPOB is perfecting arrangement to ensure that Biafra is restored without another war; but if our oppressors refuse to heed our calls for referendum; then they will later realize that IPOB is determined to pay whatever sacrifice to free our people from this bondage.”