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Presidency replies Arewa youths letter to Osinbajo on Biafra secession

From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

The Presidency has reacted to Arewa youths letter to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, urging him to allow agitation for Biafra to succeed through peaceful means.

According to the Presidency, the ongoing consultations with leaders of thoughts and traditional rulers from the North and Southeastern regions of the country, following the escalation of ethnic tensions occasioned by the agitation for Biafra and the vacation order issued by Northern youths for Igbo to quit the North, was the best way to approach the issue.

A top presidential source who pleaded not to be named told Daily Sun that, “our response is the ongoing consultations, Mr. Acting President is engaged in with leaders of thoughts from both regions, it is the best way to get everyone to see reason. The Presidency doesn’t want to escalate the matter by responding to individual groups. The ongoing parley is the best approach.”

The coalition of northern youth groups that recently gave all Igbo persons resident in the north three months ultimatum to vacate region had in a letter on Monday urged Osinbajo to allow agitation for Biafra to succeed through peaceful means.

The group, in an open letter to the acting president urges him to take “steps to facilitate the actualization of the nation in line with the principle of self-determination as an integral part of contemporary customary international law”.

The coalition while commending Osinbajo for initiating series of discussions with leaders from the north and south east, however, said going by recent events, the talks would not yield any positive results.

The letter, which was signed by five leaders of the group insisted that the principle of self-determination has, since World War II become a part of the United Nations Charter which states in Article 1(2), that one of the purposes of the UN is “to develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples”.

“We submit that this protocol envisages that people of any nation have the right to self-determination, and although the Charter did not categorically impose direct legal obligations on member States; it implies that member States allow agitating or minority groups to self-govern as much as possible,” they said.


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  1. Peter Okeke 19th June 2017 at 11:29 pm

    The northern youths advise to Osibanjo would have been perceived altruistically but for the vacation order given to the Igbos living in the north to leave northern region if they should ccontinue to ask for a Biafran independent state. The question is whether it is not the intention of the Arewa youths to wallop the wealth of the Igbos acquired over a long period of time through sweat and hard work they seem to be blinded by envy. This is more so because asking for a separate state has nothing to do with an individual’s domicile. It may affect ones status slightly given that one could be viewed as residing in a foreign land but it doesn’t result to eviction except the group has vandals ulterior motive.

  2. Dr. Gberindyer Fidelis 20th June 2017 at 5:47 am

    Last year, IPOB requested all Igbos from the north and elsewhere to come back to the east. Now, those Almajiris have made a declaration that deserves appreciation but they are not Happy with them.
    If you are someone that do not restrict yourself in the house, you don’t call for a curfew, but those that stay indoors, they don’t mind if there is curfew. The Igbos will and are always at the receiving end anytime there is crisis in any part of Nigeria because of their wide presence and investment. Ordinary, an Igbo man should have been the person fighting for the unity of Nigeria as Zik did. Even I you destroy the oil wells owned by the rich northerners, it will not affect the common northerner since those investments have no impact on them but the reverse is the case for the Igbos investments in the north.
    Let us eschew war

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