Northern Youths write Osinbajo, beg him to allow Igbo go with Biafra

Northern Youths write Osinbajo, beg him to allow Igbo go with Biafra

According to reports, the Coalition of Northern Youths have written a letter to the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, begging him to allow Ndigbo to go and have their Biafra Republic.

In the letter signed by Ambassador Shettima Yerima, Joshua Viashman, Aminu Adam, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman and Nastura Ashir Sharif, the Northern group argued 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”.

They said: “Though we do not doubt Your Excellency’s bona fide concerns for the peaceful resolution of the crises, we nevertheless have reservations as to the efficacy of this approach in ensuring lasting solutions.

“Our doubts are informed by the following historical antecedents that have characterized the behavior and conduct of the Igbo in Nigeria and previous efforts at containing them.

“The Igbo of Eastern Nigeria manifested their hatred for Nigeria’s unity barely five years after we gained our independence from the British when on January 15, 1966, their army officers carried out the first-ever mutiny that marked the beginning of a series of crisis which has profoundly altered the course of Nigeria’s history.

“By that ill motivated cowardly and deliberate action, the Igbo killed many northern officers from the rank of lieutenant colonel upwards and also decapitated the Prime Minister and the political leadership of the Northern and Western regions but left the zenith of Igbo leadership at the Federal level and the Eastern region intact.

“In line with the Igbo plan, General Aguiyi-Ironsi took advantage of the vacuum and, instead of returning power to the remnants of the First Republic government, he appropriated the coup and attempted to consolidate it for his people.

“Army officers of the Northern Region were eventually compelled to execute a counter coup on July 29, 1966 following a coordinated series of brazen provocations from the Igbo who taunting northerners on northern streets by mocking the way leaders of the region were slain by the Igbo. This unfortunately resulted in mob action which resulted in the death of many Igbos.

“And when Lt. Col. Yakubu Gowon, from the North took over as Head of State following the counter coup, the Igbo through Lt. Col. Ojukwu, characteristically refused to recognize Gowon. Ojukwu declared the secession of the Igbo people from Nigeria and the formation of the republic of Biafra on May 30, 1967 resulting in a civil war that led to the tragic deaths of more than 2 million Nigerians”.

“Concerned by the fact that the Biafrans have confessed to arming themselves for a violent breakup, we feel that it is risky for the rest of the country particularly the North to go on pretending that it is safe for us to co habitate with the Igbos given how deeply they are entrenched in our societies .

“And since evidently the Igbo have not been sufficiently humbled by their self imposed bloody civil violence of 1966, we are strongly concerned that nothing short of granting their Biafran dream will suffice.

“And since the Igbo have virtually infiltrated every nook and cranny of Northern Nigeria where they have been received with open arms as fellow compatriots, we strongly believe that the region is no longer safe and secure in the light of the unfolding threats and the fact that for a long time, the Igbo have gone to extra ordinary lengths to ensure that in their domain in the South East, Northerners and Westerners are as much as possible disenfranchised from owning any businesses whereas in Kano alone, they own not less than 100, 000 shops across all the business districts.

“That since the younger generation of Nigerians makes up for more than 60 per cent of the nation’s population, it is our hope that they inherit this country in better shape so that they can build a much better future for themselves and their offsprings in an atmosphere that is devoid of anarchy, hate, suspicion and negativity that characterize the polarized, and clearly irreconcilable differences forced on us by the Biafran Igbos”.

“As the Igbo agitations persist and assume threatening dimensions, we submit that there is need to ensure that they are given the opportunity to exercise the right to self-determination as entrenched under the aforementioned international statutes to which Nigeria is a signatory.

“Aware that the right of self-determination in international law is the legal right for a “people” that allows them to attain a certain degree of autonomy from a sovereign state through a legitimate political process, we strongly demand for a referendum to take place in a politically sane atmosphere where all parties will have a democratic voice over their future and the future of the nation.

“The Igbo from all over the country and in the Diaspora should be advised to converge in their region in the South-East for a plesbisite to be organized and conducted by the United Nations and other regional bodies for them to categorically to decide between remaining part of Nigeria or having their separate country. “That government should at the end of the plesbite implement whatever is agreed and resolved in order to finally put this matter to rest.

“Lastly, we pray His Excellency to study the references forwarded with this letter dispassionately and decide who is more in the wrong between those who openly pledge allegiance to a country other than Nigeria backing it up with persistent threats of war and those of us whose allegiance remains with the Nigerian state but simply urge that the secessionists be allowed to actualize their dream peacefully throw universally entrenched democratic options”.

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3 Comments

  1. In as much as I really want Nigeria to remain one united indivisible entity, the place of equal rights and justice can not be downplay, the Igbos are very unhappy with their current status in Nigeria Government should open a sincere dialogue with them and see how to redress the injustices done to that hardworking people but to me if they don’t want to be part of Nigeria anymore this Arewa youth position should not be ignored, let there be a referendum and if the people decide to go their separate ways so be it, let everybody go and bear his father’s name and who knows this terrible cancer call corruption might stop when we split, better to do this without bloodshed, if after the referendum the peoples vote is YES to one Nigeria I think we would then discuss how we want to live together and give ourselves a new constitution approved by the people, to be honest both Biafra guys and the Arewa youth aren’t saying or doing anything so bad, their approach is much better than that of the Niger delta militants and I think the political class should listen before it turns bloody like we are battling today in the Niger delta, our Country can not survive another civil war so our leaders should do the needful, just my humble opinion.

  2. All I see in the position expressed by these Arewa youths (as they claim) is mischief and a gross falsification of facts like they are the only ones that can articulate history. A notable leader of the Arewas in pre-war days, in his interview to a British journalist, openly canvassed an anti-Ibo stance when he declared that everywhere the Ibos go to they want to dominate. He had clearly poisoned the Northern minds with this type of declaration.
    What about the events that preceded the 1st ever Ibo coup as they claim?
    Why have the Ibos been alienated from the mainstream Nigerian politics if it is not on the basis of the heavily biased declarations made above by a frontline Yausa leader?
    Historically, the Hausas, the Yorubas, the Ibos and others have had their own ugly roles in national bonding process, but the Ibos have been made the scapegoats for every bitter pill of our society.
    What is the place of the generations of Ibo youths, children and those yet to be born given the present arrangement for the Ibos?
    Why are these people avoiding the issues and instead preferring to call the Ibos all manner of names for daring to challenge the status quo?
    It is either the elders of Arewa extraction are misleading their youths with falsified details of history or the so-called Arewa youths themselves love mischief naturally.
    What is unfolding is a clear case of ambushing of the Ibos by using their legitimate agitation against them.
    Far from the above, the Arewas generally have shown no regard for Southern and/or Christian bloods in their midst going by the glee with which they shed these bloods. So it seriously begs the question where they want to appear as though the Ibos alone would become the only targets of their blood-thirsty executioners.
    This is why it is unfortunate that all southerners (South East, South-South and South-West),instead of forging a common and united front against a common ‘monster’, condemning what deserves to be condemned, a few elements from the South-South and South-West think this is the Ibos’ headache only. Some have gone ahead to mock the Ibos with so much glee at this time!
    Worse still are the many other undertones and undercurrents behind this articulated Northern position that the Southerners need to watch out for.
    It is either we stay together as one Nation with mutual respect for one another or we go our separate ways peacefully where the Islamic North will go all the hog in practicing their religion without unwelcome interference from any quarters and same for all the other groups.

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