Biafra: We’ll consider other options if you don’t order referendum – Nnamdi Kanu tells Buhari

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Leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu says President Muhammadu Buhari must order a referendum.

Failure to do this, he said, the group would be constrained to consider other options to achieve Biafra.

Kanu, who escaped from Nigeria while being tried for treason, made his position known in a series of tweets.

Quoting the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the IPOB leader said “sovereignt is not given; it is taken”.

He maintained that separation would attract many benefits to Nigeria, citing examples of nations that thrived after separation.

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“Sovereignty is not given, it is taken – Atatürk of Turkey.

“Now, I say unto @NGRPresident, that if you don’t concede to a Referendum for the peaceful dissolution of Nigeria, there will come a time when the indigenous peoples of #Nigeria will consider other options. #WeMove

“Separation comes with quantum benefits. Soviet Union, Ethiopia, Czechoslovakia, etc suffered when they were held in unity by force,” Kanu wrote.

He reiterated that the nations performed better after than before separation.

“But now that they are separated, the new nations prospered more than the old. #Nigeria needs to learn that separation can be beneficial to all,” he noted.

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