The federation of Nigeria celebrated this Thursday, October 1, 2020, the ceremony commemorating its independence. This date explains for this purpose, the final withdrawal of the British colonist.
Coming this morning by means of successive delegations, the Igbo community of Biafra, under the aegis of the separatist party IPOB, had made an appointment in front of the Ivorian Press Agency (AIP), not far from the legendary seat of the delegation Ivorian from the European Union, to denounce what they qualify as “genocide” of the Igbo peoples and call for the creation of a nation of Biafra.
“For fifty years, our parents have been subjected to a brutal butchery by the fulanis, people from the ethnic group of President Mohamadu Buhari. We only ask for one thing, and that is our independence. As long as we do not have it, we will continue to fight by all possible conversational means (…) « , explained to our news correspondence, Mazi Marcel Ezeh, the national coordinator of IPOB Côte d’Ivoire.
“Our father Félix Houphouet-Boigny once made the Ivory Coast a haven of peace and stability. I am confident that the voice of IPOB will ring in listening ears as we help our people to self-determination. « He hammered, promising to organize large-scale actions for a final divorce with the federation of Nigeria.
In 1967, after two coups d’état and unrest that led to the return of approximately one million Igbos to southeastern Nigeria, the Republic of Biafra seceded with a 33-year-old military officer at its head. , Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu., Writes British colleague BBC.
The Biafran War unfolded from July 6, 1967 to January 15, 1970 and was triggered by the secession of the eastern region of Nigeria, which proclaimed itself the Republic of Biafra under the leadership of this senior officer. The war had claimed millions of lives.
The indigenous people of Biafra are a separatist organization in Nigeria. Its main objective is to restore an independent state of Biafra in its former eastern region through an independence referendum. « Radio Biafra » remains one of its only means of propaganda.