The agitation for the sovereign state of Biafra, although not new, is often in the news with the latest being a call for #BiafraExit ahead of Wednesday’s broadcast by the leader of the group, Nnamdi Kanu.
In 1967, Igbo leaders declared a Biafran state. But after a brutal civil war, which led to the deaths of up to a million people, the secessionist rebellion was defeated.
Nnamdi Kanu is the latest in a line of ethnic Igbo activists taking up the cause of pushing for an independent state, saying the Igbos have been marginalised by successive Nigerian governments.
It’s morally and legally unacceptable to continue letting non-existing @NGRPresident deceive many nations in Nigeria.
Our quest is #BiafraExit from Nigeria.
Join me via my FB page, #RadioBiafra FB, FM, Radio Biafra App, Satellite & Online
Date: Wed. 20/05/20
Time: 7:00 PM GMT pic.twitter.com/ckpAZCLn4B
— Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (@MaziNnamdiKanu) May 19, 2020
His group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) (outlawed) is one that leads the calls for Biafrans freedom from Nigeria.
Its main aim is to restore an independent state of Biafra for the people of the old Eastern Region of Nigeria through a referendum.
The group was founded in 2012 by now self-exiled Kanu, who has resurfaced the issue of independence of the Indigenous Biafran population from Nigeria.
They have issued calls for a peaceful settlement of their grievances through a referendum in the Nigerian states that were part of the old Eastern Region.
Supporters of Biafran independence are from the Igbo, Anang, Igbanke, Igala, Idoma, and other ethnic groups within the map of a defunct Biafran state.
IPOB claims that Biafrans are marginalized by the government in Abuja through a lack of equitable resource distribution, poor investment, and an unfair heavily militarized presence in their region.
The IPOB rose to prominence after previous Biafran independence organizations got weakened.
The Nigerian government has been cracking down on IPOB members who frequently hold meetings.
The IPOB have fought against their proscription.
However, their attempt has ultimately been unsuccessful, and they continue to be declared as a terrorist organization under Nigeria’s Terrorism Act.
Nigerians recent reactions below about Nnamadi Kanu’s tweet:
If the Biafra people really want to exit from Nigeria then they should push for a referendum.
Let every Biafra vote and decide if they want to be part of Nigeria or not.
That’s the best way forward.
📹This Is A Broadcast By @MaziNnamdiKanu In 2015 On A Brief History On The Massacre Of Biafrans Since 1945
— Somto Okonkwo (@MrSomtoOkonkwo) May 19, 2020
BIAFRA IS OUR RELIGION AND OUR LAST HOPE.. ONYE NDU, I WISH YOU AND YOUR BEAUTIFUL FAMILY THE POWERFUL HAND OF ALMIGHTY GOD. ISEEEEEEEEEE
— Leonard C.O (@LeonardCO8) May 19, 2020