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Northern group protests in Abuja, demands referendum

By Paul Njoku

There is an ongoing protest in Abuja by a group of women under the aegis of the Amalgamation of Northern Women Associations, on Saturday, June 5, 2021, demanding a referendum to allow Biafran agitators to chose whether or not to remain in Nigeria.

The coordinator of the group, Hadiza Adamu, who spoke on behalf of other members, during a protest in Abuja, said, “Nigerian History has shown that women carry the heavy burden of war and acts of insurrections and terrorism.

“We have gone through it from 1967 to 1971, our men died and left us with the children to cater for out of nothing, other men that survived simply moved on but we never moved on.

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“The aftermath of the war and the sufferings left lifetime scars in our hearts and on our bodies. It is for this reason that we have come together today and say we don’t want another war, another insurrection.

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“We, therefore, unanimously call on President Muhammadu Buhari as the leader and father of the country; and the leadership of the National Assembly, President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawal and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, to immediately call for a referendum in the country.

“Let people choose to live in peace in Nigeria or leave, any other group or nationality that wants to secede to exercise their rights of self-determination like the Southeast has been agitated for decades to be allowed to leave Nigeria peacefully, without resorting to a second civil war.

“Today the Igbo nation has turned the entire Southeast to almost a war zone, northerners irrespective of their tribes are no longer safe, states’ infrastructures are no longer safe, service personnel from police to army are not safe, INEC offices and other symbols of democracy in the country are being destroyed on daily basis, our husbands that go to do business in Southeast no longer return home safe, our political leaders who travel to the Southeast on national assignments are assassinated in broad daylight.”

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