Leader of Biafra Independence Movement and Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (BIM–MASSOB), Ralph Uwazuruike has fingered intimidation, exclusion and harassment of the Igbo by people in power as the reasons for the lingering agitation for Biafra.

Uwazuruike who made the assertion in a zoom conference convened by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Fernand de Varennes, and organised by Tom Lantos Institute; urged the Rapporteur to recognize Biafra as a sovereign state.

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The MASSOB leader said that ‘since 1970 till date, the Igbo numbering about 50 million have been excluded from governance in Nigeria’.

Part of the statement reads: “Because of this exclusion, humiliation, intimidation, and maginalisation of our people in Nigeria, we started again through non-violence, the process of actualizing Biafra on 13th of September 1999.

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“Since then, the Biafra agitators have suffered many casualties, so many of our people have been killed.

“Up till today, we no longer sleep in our various houses again because of the fact that we are still being pursued and chased by the armed herdsmen who occupy our farmlands.

“Our people can no longer go to the farms, the history is there for the global community to see what the people of Biafra are facing in Nigeria.”

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Uwazuruike also said that Biafrans were one of the major tribes in Nigeria and not a minority.

“Just by history, our people were amalgamated in 1914 by Lord Lugard with the Northern and Southern Protectorate.  That marriage has never worked,” he added.


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