Amaka Ekwo, the Press Secretary (PS) to Nnamdi Kanu, the banned Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader says ‘Igbos’ are “ready” for a Biafra Referendum, Concise News reports.
The outlawed group’s New Media and Special Duties Coordinator as well challenged the Nigerian government to announce a date for a referendum to be carried out among all ‘Igbos’ in Nigeria.
She dared the Federal Government in a tweet on her known Twitter handle on Tuesday.
The Biafra agitator was reacting to a Twitter user, Obinna Nwosu (@obi_Nwosu), who opined that should a referendum be put through among all ‘Igbos’ living in Nigeria, a majority will vote to stay in the West African country.
Disagreeing with Nwosu, Ekwo wrote: “We are ready for the test, let the Nigerian government announce a date for #BiafraReferendum Living in Sokoto, London or California & marring Hausa or White woman/man doesn’t mean that Biafrans don’t need a permanent home. Haven’t you notice that Biafrans take the dead home?”
We are ready for the test, let the Nigerian government announce a date for #BiafraReferendum
Living in Sokoto, London or California & marring Hausa or White woman/man doesn’t mean that Biafrans don’t need a permanent home.
Haven’t you notice that Biafrans take the dead home? https://t.co/M0GbxDMx61
— Amaka Ekwo (@Amaka_Ekwo) November 5, 2019
In January, prior to the 2019 Nigerian general elections, Kanu announced that IPOB would be holding a referendum, although the plan was later suspended.
Then, the group said: “IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu,’s relocation to the United Kingdom from his base in Israel was actually to perfect arrangements on Biafra referendum scheduled to hold 16th February 2019 to ascertain number of those who want Nigeria politics and those who want Biafra freedom through a peaceful and democratic process for the sovereignty of our dear nation Biafra.”
Although, President Muhammadu Buhari has said Nigeria is indivisible, IPOB wants a group of states in south-east Nigeria, made up mainly of people from the Igbo ethnic group, to break away and form the independent nation of Biafra.
The plan is not new. In 1967, Igbo leaders declared a Biafran state, but after a brutal civil war, which led to the deaths of up to a million people, the secessionist rebellion was defeated.
But the idea of separatism has bubbled away since then and Kanu is the latest in a line of Biafran activists taking up the cause.