Any chance of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to get a referendum of their own as the British did on “Brexit” has been ruled out by President Muhammadu Buhari.
This announcement by the Nigerian president comes barely 24 hours after a successful stay-at-home protest by the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) in the eastern part of the country to express their displeasure with the Nigerian government. The Nigerian president who is presently on his way back to Nigeria from the United States of America where he attended the 71st United Nations General Assembly, insisted during a media chat before his departure, that the Biafrans are not likely to get any referendum.
The Biafrans are trying to follow the British government’s referendum which all but guaranteed their exit from the European Union with the infamous ‘Brexit’, but President Buhari’s latest announcement may have poured cold water on their Biafra aspirations. According to Sahara Reporters, Buhari noted that the separatists have an option, however, and that is for them to form a formidable political party that will advance their interests in Nigeria’s democratic sphere.
During the media briefing also, Buhari admitted that he had a very successful outing as he also signed the Paris climate change treaty. He reviewed all his major and side events during the visit and highlighted the issues on which he sent a clear and direct message to world leaders. In a press statement released by Femi Adesina, the president’s special adviser, he said: “I highlighted the need for the international community to work together to liberate humanity from poverty, save our planet from the devastation of climate change and rid the world of terrorism for a more peaceful and prosperous future.”
President Buhari also stressed that, “I mentioned that the plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) arising from Boko Haram terrorism is of particular concern to us. “For this reason, we have taken concrete steps to address their humanitarian needs and to ensure that necessary conditions are established to enable the voluntary return of the displaced persons to their homes in safety and dignity.”