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Conduct Referendum In Nigeria ~ MASSOB, BIM urges UN


Pro-Biafra groups, Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Biafra Independence Movement (BIM) yesterday called on the United Nations (UN) to urgently conduct a referendum on the self-determination struggle by nationalities committed to Biafra independence.

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The leader of MASSOB Owerri Zone, Chief Canice Anujuru and member MASSOB elders’ council, Chief Okechukwu Nwogu, made the call in a news briefing to mark the 17th anniversary of the formation of MASSOB in Owerri. Anujuru said conducting referendum for the independence of Biafra was long overdue, adding that the suffering currently faced by Nigerians was because the government of Nigeria had refused to support freedom for Biafran people.

“UN gave MASSOB observer status since the year 2000 and since then, MASSOB has been prosecuting its campaign for the independence of Biafra in a nonviolent manner,” he said. He noted that in spite of the non-violent posture of the group, the Nigerian government and its security operatives have killed, arrested and detained several pro-Biafra agitators. Anujuru said the current socio-economic hardship faced by Nigerians was a consequence of the frustration of Biafra independence by the Nigeria government.

“The current economic recession being faced by Nigerians has divine connotation because the Nigerian government frustrates the independence of Biafra, that is the reason why the people are experiencing untold hardship. “Until Biafran people are granted freedom things will continue to go wrong in Nigeria,” he said.

Anujuru said the MASSOB anniversary will be marked with rallies in every major town within the Biafran enclave, adding that the celebration would enable members appraise gains and challenges faced by the group. Also speaking, Chief Nwogu, said that the people of Eastern Nigeria are richly blessed with both natural and human resources, adding that it is because of maladministration that people are suffering in Nigeria.

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