Pro-Biafra Protests Wake Up Call To Renegotiate Terms Of Nigeria’s Existence As A Nation – Ijaw Youths
The youth, under the aegis of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) said using military might will only aggravate the rising tension in the Southeastern part of the country.
In a statement issued in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital on Sunday and signed by IYC spokesman, Eric Omare, the group called on the security agencies to respect the fundamental human rights of the protesters.
“To adopt a military approach to crush pro-Biafra protesters as being suggested by some military operatives is not the solution.
“It would only escalate the crisis. We warn against military brutalization and human rights abuse by security agencies. The right to peaceful protest is an integral part of a democratic society.
“The massive pro-Biafra protests in recent times has once more brought to the fore the need to honestly and holistically renegotiate the terms of Nigerian’s existence as a nation.
“To claim that all is well with Nigeria is self-deceit.
“The structure of Nigeria must be such that would allow people from different regions to develop at their own pace towards realization of the full potentials with been hindered by the wish of people from other parts of the country”, the IYC stated
Mr. Omare also joined the call for the unconditional release of the founder of Radio Biafra and Director of the Indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.
According to the IYC, having fulfilled all bail conditions since he was granted bail, which in itself could not be independently verified, the continued detention of Mr. Kanu by the Department of State Services, DSS, amounts to an illegality.
The IYC, therefore, called on security agencies to have due regard for the rule of law in the exercise of their constitutional functions.