Biafra Republic may come into existence anytime soon if the recent comment of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, is anything to go by.
The separatist leader in a post on his Twitter’s handle on Saturday, said the group is perfecting new options to actualise its aim of an independent country, saying the hour of reclaiming Biafra is now near.
“Our demand for a #referendum is now drawing closer to the point of moving on to urgent considerations of other options to restore #Biafra,” the firebrand Abia State-born IPOB leader, said.
“Our people are ready. We’ve the means & wherewithal. What remains is the hour – the hour of reclaiming our manifest destiny, unilaterally,” he added.
The tweet :
Our demand for a #referendum is now drawing closer to the point of moving on to urgent considerations of other options to restore #Biafra. Our people are ready. We’ve the means & wherewithal. What remains is the hour – the hour of reclaiming our manifest destiny, unilaterally.
— Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (@MaziNnamdiKanu) February 20, 2021
Kanu appears to be gradually embracing militant approach towards achieving the secession of states in South-East Nigeria from the country, following the launch of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) in December last year.
The ESN, a security outfit which IPOB said was put in place to protect the Igbo people of Nigeria from killer Fulani herdsmen, was recently blamed for attacks on herders settlement in Abia, Imo and Anambra states.
IPOB has been calling for referendum to allow the people of South-East and parts of South-South to decide whether they prefer to remain in Nigeria or not, a call that has been ignored by the Federal Government.
PlatinumPost reports that Nigeria and the defunct break away Biafra Republic fought a bitter civil war from 1967 to 1970, leading to the death of thousands of persons.