The coalition of northern youths under the aegis of Arewa Youths has urged the Nigerian National Assembly to commence a process in order to conduct a referendum on Biafra.
Mr. Yerima Shettima, The Arewa Youths Consultative Forum’s President, who gave this indication in an interview with The Punch, said the groups prayer was to include Biafra referendum in the ongoing constitution amendments.
Shettima expressed confidence that the referendum would not favour the Indigenous People of Biafra’s leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and other secessionists, opining that the people of the zone would reject secession.
ABACITYBLOG recalled that the group had a few months ago told the Igbo living in the North to leave the region on or before October 1. Noting that its ultimatum was borne out on the secessionist agitation IPOB led by Nnamdi Kanu.
However, speaking on a referendum to Biafra, Shettima said the forum had written the United Nations to prevail on the Federal Government to opt for referendum.
The referendum, he explained, would enable those who were desirous of leaving the federation to do so without force.
According to him, “We are looking at having a referendum. It is part of our prayers to the United Nations. Our second prayer is for the UN and the international community to prevail on the Nigerian government through the National Assembly to create an exit for those who want to leave.
“We are also planning to lobby members of the National Assembly to formally agree to a referendum on Biafra. We want the Igbo to have the opportunity of voting on this issue.
“We are saying Nigeria cannot sign international treaties and not implement them. We want a constitutional amendment for referendum because it is not currently part of our constitution.”
Meanwhile, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has said that there will be no election in the entire South-Eastern States until referendum is conducted.
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