Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), has advised the Indigenous People of Biafra leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on the process he needs to take to get Biafra nation.
Agbakoba in an interview with The Punch, said although, he is not a fan of disintegration of Nigeria, but what Nnamdi Kanu is doing is legal, and lawful in the United Nations Charter, but there are process he needs to take, and some paper works he needs to send to the United Nation before Biafra is actualized.
He said; “I understand it (Kanu’s agitation), even though I don’t support it. Many young men are frustrated. They have nothing to do and little to lose. Nnamdi Kanu has a right to self-determination.
“Whether he will succeed is a different thing because it’s a long process: you have to file your papers to the United Nations; you have to set up a motion for referendum; you have to persuade your people. It’s a matter of consensus, not by violence or hate speeches.
“So, I didn’t support that part of his campaign. But I will support any Nigerian – those northerners who asked Igbo to leave have a right to say so. They haven’t broken any law. They may be politically incorrect but there is no law that says you can’t speak, provided that you don’t speak in a way that generates heat.
Speaking on what the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo said about Nigeria’s unity is non-negotiable, Agbakoba said Osinbajo’s statement is misleading.
“It is important also to state categorically that what the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, said that Nigeria’s unity is sacrosanct is not correct.
“There is nothing sacrosanct about Nigeria’s sovereignty because Nigeria’s law recognises the right of sub-nationalities — the right to self-determination of whatever group is agitated, be it the Ijaw or Igbo, as long as they generate enough momentum and persuade their people to support them.
But they must do so within the ambit of the Nigerian law – for anyone to go outside Nigerian law, it will be unconstitutional.
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