Pro-Biafra activists claim that they have a right of self-determination as indigenous people guaranteed by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
The arrest of Nnamdi Kanu on October 18 caused the upsurge in the agitation for a republic of Biafra.
Since the detention of their leader the pro-Biafra supporters have held regular protests across several states in southern Nigeria, mainly inhabited by the Igbo ethnic group.
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Biafran secessionists fought a three-year civil war that ended in 1970.
President Muhammadu Buhari has yet to officially address the issue.
However, Legit.ng has found the speech of the leader of the country at the last summit of the United Nations, where President Buhari spoke about self-determination of indigenous minorities.
Buhari said: “Mr. President, as we engage in these annual debates, we need remind ourselves of the principles that led to the founding of the United Nations. Among those are peaceful coexistence and self-determination of peoples. In this context, Mr. President, the unresolved question of self-determination for the Palestinian people and those of Western Sahara, both nations having been adjudged by the United Nations as qualifying for this inalienable right must now be assured and fulfilled without any further delay or obstacle.
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“The international community has come to pin its hopes on resolving the Palestinian issue through the two – states solution which recognises the legitimate right of each state to exist in peace and security. The world has no more excuses or reasons to delay the implementation of the long list of Security Council resolutions on this question. Neither do we have the moral right to deny any people their freedom or condemn them indefinitely to occupation and blockade.”
Watch the video below:
The president delivered Nigeria’s statement to the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 28 in New York.