The Human Rights Association of Nigeria has reacted to a recent statement by a Northern group asking the federal government of Nigeria to grant Igbos a referendum and let them separate from Nigeria. In a press statement, a group known as the Coalition of Northern Groups had said that only a referendum for Igbo exit can guarantee peaceful Nigeria.
According to the Northern Coalition, a recent decision by South East Governors and political leaders to denounce the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was only hypocritical. The Coalition further alleged that the South East Governors are only trying to buy time in order to restrategise for a deadlier onslaught for actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra.
The Coalition of Northern Group also said in the statement that the Igbo nation ought to count themselves lucky that since they were defeated in the civil war, they ought to suffer more severe marginalization.
The Human Rights Association of Nigeria, in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and its National Secretary, Zainab Yusuf, stated that the statement by the Coalition of Northern Group, is nothing but a deliberate setup, a conspiracy and an ethnic profiling carefully designed to put the Igbos on the spot and reopen the wounds of the 1967 civil war.
The Human Rights Association of Nigeria stated that the statement by the Coalition of Northern Group was also aimed at discrediting the campaign for Nigerian President of Igbo extraction.
The human rights organization noted that the ethnic profiling of Ndigbo being promoted lately by some known Northern leaders and some groups is an ill-wind that will blow no one any good.
According to the group; “Apart from the Coalition of Northern Groups, Hakin Baba Ahmed recently made the same call for an Igbo referendum on behalf of the Northern Elders Forum,” the Human Rights Association of Nigeria stated.
The group further stated that a section of the Yoruba nation is calling for Oduduwa Republic, while Boko Haram terrorism has the simple objective of creating an Islamic Republic in the North East. The Human Rights Association of Nigeria wonder why the Coalition of Northern Groups are not calling for Yoruba Referendum or a referendum for an Islamic state in the North East if indeed their motivation is patriotic and in good faith. Why are they calling for Igbo referendum in particular?
The Human Rights Association of Nigeria said it sees the call for Igbo referendum by this Northern leader as a plan to paint Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB activities as being orchestrated in bad faith and carefully calculated to set up the Igbo ethnic group to be decimated once again, as was the case with the first military coup in which soldiers of many ethnic groups participated.
“Those calling for Igbo Referendum ought to worry more about why secessionist agitations are springing up all over the country and not create the impression that it is a sole Biafra or Igbo franchise.”
The Coalition of Northern Groups is not the first group to make such a call from the North. As earlier reported by our reliable source, the Northern Elders Forum, had begged the Buhari administration to allow the South East secede from Nigeria. While making the plea, the Northern Elders stated that they had reviewed events and tendencies which suggest that Nigeria is bound for more crises amid the agitations for Biafra republic, and that security challenges will increase.
Similarly, a member of the National Assembly, and Chairman Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Adamu Bulkachuwa had declared that the Nigerian Government will not bow to the demands of those he described as ‘insurgents’ in the South East.
Senator Adamu Bulkachuwa said that the South East had tried separating from Nigeria before a move that led to the civil war, wondering if the region wanted to take the same route again and warned that the government would have no choice.