- IPOB described Nigeria's constitution as a one-man idea forced on the people
- It promised to allow every member of Bifara participate in its own constitution
- The pro-Biafra group also said it will welcome Shi'ite members to Biafra
The Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) has said that the constitution of Biafra will be a collective responsibility unlike the Nigerian own that was forced upon the people.
Vanguard reports that the pro-Biafra group said that General Abdulsalami Abubakar wrote the 1999 Constitution and forced Nigerians to accept but the Biafra constitution would be contributed by everyone.
It also said that members of the Shi’ite group would also be welcomed in Biafraland although it does not have the plan to join any international Islamic group.
“The Constitution of Biafra shall be a collective effort of Biafran citizens. Every Biafran will participate in the formulation and ratification of the constitution. No single individual will arrogate the powers to himself/herself to write the nation’s constitution.
“This was the case in Nigeria where General Abdulsalami Abubakar singlehandedly wrote the constitution and falsely stated in the introduction that We the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria…Do hereby make, enact and give to ourselves the following Constitution…
“Nothing can be farther from the truth because the people of Nigeria never came together to discuss, enact and give themselves the constitution. Technically, a constitution is made by the citizens of a nation and not the people; because the people may or may not be the citizens of that nation.
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“The blessed nation of Biafra shall never be a member of any Islamic body. Biafra shall maintain its secularity both in principles and in practice unlike the British-created country called Nigeria that professes secularity in principle but a ranking member of OIC in practice.
“Also, citizens will not be forced to practice a particular religion. There will be freedom of worship for adherents of all faiths without molestation. If the persecuted Shiite sect members wish to relocate to Biafraland, we would gladly accommodate them along with other tormented Christians in the North (Arewa land).”