UN referendum sought in Nigeria ethnic crisis

igbosFrom EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria ,ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE United Nations has been called upon to intervene and curtail possible bloodbath in Nigeria amid some youth in the largely Muslim north giving some minorities in the zone to leave.The Igbo, a minority in the region but one of the biggest ethnic groups in Africa’s most-populous country of over 180 million and 500 tribes, have been threatened with unspecified action if they did not comply with the order.The Igbo Ekunie Initiative (IEI), comprising professionals in Nigeria and the Diaspora, has slammed such orders issued last weekend by the so-called Arewa Youth Forum in Kaduna State. IEI said such condemnation came after the organisation “carefully” reviewed the declaration.“We have come to the conclusion that the declaration was made by a sponsored group of atavistic, criminal, primitive, lazy and intransigent hordes with primary intent to steal property, suppress the legitimate grievances of the pro-Biafran groups and their inherent right to self-determination.”Spesking on bahalf of IEI, President Maazi Tochukwu Ezeoke and Secretary Lawrence Nwobu, pointed out the order by the northern youths emanated from proponents of the independence of Biafra. The region south of the country was independent until its inception into Nigeria in 1970.IEI argued since the North was allegedly unwilling to enter any dialogue or negotiation with the rest of the country to “restructure” Nigeria, the rest of the nation should immediately opt for a UN-supervised referendum on self-determination. IEI said this would separate the “core north” and thereafter create a “negotiated, restructured and progressive federal union nation” of three regions.Officials argued this was along the “Southern Nigeria Protectorate” borders of the pre-1914 arbitrary amalgamation.In 1914, the British Empire joined Southern Nigeria with Northern Nigeria Protectorate to form the single colony of Nigeria.The unification was done for economic rather than political reasons as the north had a huge budget deficit. The colonial administration sought to use the budget surpluses in the south to offset this shortfall.
– CAJ News

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