Conduct a referendum to decide a way forward - Igbo Diaspora urges Nigeria govt


Conduct a referendum to decide a way forward - Igbo Diaspora urges Nigeria govt
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Group known as "Igbo World Assembly", (IWA) in diaspora has called on the Nigeria government and international community to set up a mechanism to conduct a referendum in order to decide the way forward in Nigeria.

This, as the group said it would liaise with appropriate agencies to file a petition to the International Criminal Court, (ICC) against the quit notice issued by the Arewa Youth to Igbo residing in the north, in order to prevent genocide and bring culprits to book. Dailysun report.

In a statement jointly signed by Dr. Nwachukwu Anakwenze, President, United States’ chapter and Chief Oliver Nwankwor, Secretary General, Netherlands’ chapter respectively, the group noted that those inciting violence by giving fellow citizens quit notice should be held accountable for any incident that might occur within the timeline of the notice.

As a way of handling the threat holistically, IWA said mechanism is in motion to enable Ndigbo residing in the North to report cases of threats, adding that such would be used as evidences in support of the ICC petition at The Hague.

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The group also called on Nigeria government to implement the 2014 national confab in order to save the country from being collapsed.

“This would foster industrial development and competition among regions instead of the current docile nature of a majority of states as presently constituted.

“Nigeria needs to implement the National confab report, which recommended equity in state creation within the geo-political zones,” the group said, noting that the quit notice declaration was made by a sponsored group with primary intent to steal and suppress the legitimate grievances of others and their inherent right to self-determination.

“The continued agitation of Igbo youths across the country, according to IWA is a by-product of persistent injustice and marginalization arising from bad leadership and unjust structure of the country’s polity.

IWA said a Nigeria of equal ownership is the only way forward to save the situation.

Urging Igbo residing in the North to go about their lawfully business, the group called on security agencies to act accordingly to ensure that there is no intimidation, hindrance or molestation.

It urged the Nigerian government and the International Community to setup mechanism to conduct referendum in each state and the various geopolitical zones for the people to decide a way forward. It called on the government to work with Ohanaeze and other Igbo groups in the North to help document Igbo properties.




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