The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has given the Federal Government of Nigeria fresh conditions; which will determine the negotiations pertaining to the Biafran struggle.
This was in a statement. The statement was made available by the media and publicity secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful.
Meanwhile Nnamdi Kanu was quoted saying he was ready for dialogue; if the Nigerian Government was likewise willing to talk honestly; and also consider a referendum on self-determination for the Biafran people.
Kanu in the release said that it will certainly take place in a neutral space; one also organized by the United Nations.
“But even now; if a Nigerian government was willing to talk honestly and openly about our demand; and to consider a referendum on self-determination for the Biafran people; in a neutral space provided by the United Nations, I would be there at the table.
“Look around Africa today. There are some countries with a functioning democracy; where the rule of law is respected. And free and fair elections allowed.
“But not Nigeria, our struggle for self-determination is the struggle of Africa’s post-colonisation from Algeria to the Cape. If we can achieve this; perhaps we can lead other African countries to bring democracy and respect for law and human rights into the lives of African peoples”.
The IPOB leader said his demand for a neutral place for any dialogue was predicated on the invasion of his home in Umuahia in 2017; by the military who he said came to kill and not to arrest him, saying with such; his safety was not guaranteed anywhere in Nigeria.
Decrying the invasion further, Kanu said, “The attack took its toll on my parents. My mother suffered heart complications as a result of the trauma and stress of the Nigerian army’s invasion of my house.
“She became very ill and died earlier this year. It would not be an overstatement to say that the primary cause of my mother’s death was Operation Python Dance 2.”