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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 South-eastern 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 the region had, in a letter on Monday urged Osinbajo to take 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 actualisation of the agitation 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  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. Ezekiel Okeke 19th June 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Neither Osinbajo nor the poor northern bandits’ fallen entity nickname Nigeria has a say in it. Republic Of Biafra has gone- it is irreversible. There is nothing like secession, it is Disintegration. Igbos have Disintegrated- which is Republic Of Biafra and will defend it with Diplomacy or War. God Is With Us!!!

  2. peaceforall 19th June 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Yorubas should warn their brother and son called Osibanjo pastor and lawyer to allow a peaceful referendum on Biafra as it’s done in every civilized society. There is no need for Osibanjo to course unnecessary tension between the Igbos and yorubas. Osibanjo and yorubas can have their one nigeria with hausa-fulani and whosoever that is interested, We the Biafran youths are not interested. Our universal right to freedom is ultimately what we are going to fight and die for. Nigeria has never worked in the past, nigeria is not working presently and nigeria with Constitutional law and Sharia law can never work in the future. The civilized world has decided that self-determination is an inalienable right therefore the agitation and Restoration of Biafra’s sovereignty is justified under international law and practice. May God lend the so called elders, directionless leaders, corrupt political leaders and rogue elites brain to evict this looming disaster and do the needful. As long as we Biafran youths are concerned Biafra must be restored.

  3. Ezekiel Okeke 19th June 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Osinbajo is illiterate of principles of democracy- which is decision of majority natives of each tribe in this case. Any who do not respect the Kaduna Declaration has to face the inevitable alternative- which is War. The age they make mockery of themselves with few individual illiterates one can count with fingers and toes in a democratic territory, is over. This is age of intellectuals who handle affairs scientifically and democratically. Age of Republic Of Biafra. God Is With Us!!!

  4. Ezekiel Okeke 19th June 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Republic Of Biafra is democratic system, not monarchy system. Principles of democracy is decision of majority. Majority Igbos have rightly and firmly decided for Republic Of Biafra and will defend it with Diplomacy or War. Any who do not respect the Kaduna Declaration, has to face the inevitable alternative- which is War. God Is With Us!!!

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