Scores of women from various parts of the northern Nigeria have stormed Abuja, demanding a referendum on Biafra.
The women under the aegis of amalgamation of Northern Women of Nigeria, said a referendum would determine the fate of people clamouring for Biafra republic.
They called on President Muhammadu Buhari to liaise with the national Assembly to achieve the objective.
The national coordinator of the group, Hadiza Adamu argued that the call was aimed at averting the outbreak of another civil war in Nigeria.
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Some of the placards carried by the women read: “We don’t want another war”, Buhari give us referendum on Biafra”, “stop killing notherners”, and “South East must choose United Nigeria or Biafra” decried the bloodbath in the South East geopolitical zone of the country.
Decrying the bloodletting in the South East geopolitical zone, the women warned those clamouring for Biafra against taking the rest of the country for granted.
According to the group: “We as mothers are always at the receiving end of any war, insurrection, killings, and acts of terror.
” When our men were killed, we were raped and our children rendered orphans, we have nowhere to run to. Nigerian History has shown that women carry the heavy burden of war and acts of insurrections and terrorism. We have gone through it from 1967 to 1971, our men died and left us with the children to cater for out of nothing, other men that survived simply moved on, but we never moved on.
“The aftermath of the war and the sufferings left lifetime scars in our hearts and on our bodies. It is for this reason that we come together today and say we don’ t want another war, another insurrection.”
Continuing, they noted: “Let people choose to live in peace in Nigeria or leave, any other group or nationality that wants to secede to exercise their rights of self determination like the southeast has been agitated for decades to be allowed to leave Nigeria peacefully, without resorting to a second civil war.
“Today the Igbo nation has turned the entire southeast to almost a war zone, northerners irrespective of their tribes are no longer safe, States’ infrastructures are no longer safe, service personnels from police to army are not safe, INEC offices and other symbols of democracy in the country are been destroyed on daily basis.
“Our husbands that goes to do business in southeast no longer return home safe, our political leaders who travels to the southeast on national assignments are assassinated in broad daylight.
“Commuters in the southeast are often forced out of vehicles to be profiled and if they are northerners, they are usually executed there and then.
“It is in the light of the above that we are saying enough is enough and let Mr. President allow for a referendum that will make Igbos realize their long term dream of being a Biafra nation. No more killing of northerners, no more killing of police officers, no more profiling of northerners and attacking their businesses. Let Igbo have their independent nation away from the rest of Nigeria.”