The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has commenced widespread mobilization and sensitization for referendum ahead of the emergence of the independent state of Biafra.
This was contained in a press statement by the spokesman of the group, Comrade Emma Powerful.
According to him “IPOB family members worldwide are working tirelessly to restore our long lost freedom and political independence from the Luggardian creation called Nigeria without bloodshed.
“We invite the international community, men and women of goodwill to come and monitor this peaceful referendum in Biafra land”.
The statement noted that the pro-Biafran agitators do not require the
permission of the Nigerian State or her government officials to grant them independence, giving the indication that they are going ahead with the referendum even without the Nigerian constitution granting such rights.
Urging Biafrans both home and in the Diaspora to prepare for the forth coming ‘referendum on their independence’, he said: “We as a people have the right under international law to decide our fate through a referendum the same way Britain exercised their right to leave the European Union without the permission of the European.
“Scotland has also exercised this right to self-determination and so have the Quebec region in Canada.
“If these nations populated by humans like us Biafrans can exercise this
right, so can we”.
He further stated that “the path to Biafra independence will not pass through Abuja because it is a process that will be considered by Biafrans only and no other people”.
According to him, the organs of the region are the people designated to call the referendum for independence of Biafra.
He claimed that the eastern region had partners, not the Nigerian government, but the United Nations, who would have the mandate to monitor the referendum processes and ensure compliance with the will so expressed.
IPOB argued further that the same path to independence had also been implemented by South Sudan, Greenland, Kosovo, Albania, East Timor, Bosnia Herzegovina, Montenegro among others.
“In all these newly created countries, their citizens voted in a referendum with international monitoring bodies, which ensured the validity of the votes cast. The same referendum can also be conducted in Biafra land and monitored by the international observers,” the group insisted.
Reacting to agitations for the sovereign State of Biafra, President Muhammadu Buhari in September called on Biafran youths to take their minds off the actualisation of Biafra and promote national unity