Following the call for a peaceful separation in Nigeria, between the Biafra agitators and the Nigeria government, the socio-Igbo cultural group, Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) has called for a referendum to determine the fate of Ndigbo.
The group, in a petition to the United Nations, said it was high time a referendum was conducted to pave the way for the final end to the “unworkable marriage called Nigeria.” Daily Sun report.
Ohanaeze was acting against the backdrop of the October 1 ultimatum given by a coalition of Arewa youth groups for Igbo to leave the region and a recent letter to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to allow Ndigbo go with their Biafra.
OYC in their reaction said: “In a situation like this, only a referendum can determine the fate of the Igbo people as part of this country.”
In a petition by OYC titled: “A call for emergency in Nigeria- Our two-point demand” and signed by the group’s national president, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike (national secretary) Amb. Arthur Obiora (dep. national president), Obinna Adobe (national publicity secretary) and copied to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, the United States Embassy in Nigeria, the UK Embassy, the Commonwealth, the Amnesty International, among others, said the on-going constitutional amendment would be unacceptable if it did not make provision for a referendum.
“It is high time people are given freedom to decide whether they want to remain in a country where they are not loved, not wanted but hated with passion.
“The National Assembly should make no mistake of undertaking any further constitutional amendment without an option for referendum; this is the only way to go and we urge the United Nations to mount all necessary international pressures on Nigeria to effect that very much needed amendment.”
“Since the Arewa youths had accused them of instigating various crises in the country,” including the first military coup and the civil war.
“It is with great concern that we alert the international community to the looming genocide against the Igbo in the Northern part of Nigeria, occasioned by a well-orchestrated, carefully thought out plot by the Northern hierarchy, who are hiding under the Arewa Youths.
“Their latest ranting packaged in a letter to the acting president has left no one in doubt as to their move. It is a grand design to annihilate the Igbo race.”
It urged the United Nations to beam its searchlight on Northern Nigeria ahead of any eventuality that may befall the Igbo, considering the manner the security agencies have handled the threats.
“It is not likely that they will protect our people when these marauders strike as Igbo have remained victims in Nigeria, despite their sacrifices.”
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