- The Peoples Progressives Party (PPP) calls on the federal government and the National Assembly to organise a free and fair referendum on the issue of Biafra
- PPP says the step would avert the tide of the ongoing killings in Nigeria
The Peoples Progressives Party (PPP) has called on the federal government and the National Assembly to immediately start the process to organise a free and fair referendum on the issue of Biafra.
According to Todayng, the political party said such step would avert the tide of ongoing killings and bleedings in the country.
In a statement issued on Monday, February 22, in Abuja by Dr. Damian Uzoma Ogbonna, the national chairman of the party, said Nigeria must abide by its obligation under the UN Charter and international law to approve an orderly referendum to address the Biafra question, adding that such is the only way to a fair, lasting and enduring solution.
Thee statement reads in parts: "We acknowledge that this universal principle does not state how the decision is to be made, or what the outcome should be; whether it be independence, federation, confederation, protection, some form of autonomy or full assimilation; which allows every signatory to the Charter, such as Nigeria, the obligation to address the needs of the Charter on the basis of its own peculiar circumstance.
PPP, therefore, calls on the Nigerian Government and the National Assembly to, as a matter of national urgency, immediately commence the process to organise a free and fair referendum on the issue of Biafra. This has become necessary in order to stem the tide of ongoing killings and bleedings in our country."
Meanwhile, the brewing rivalry between the Uchenna Madu led faction of the Movement for the Actualization for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and that of Chief Ralph Uwazuruike resurfaced on Monday, February 22, when Uchenna Madu called on Chief Ralph Uwazuruike to stop parading themselves as members of MASSOB.
Madu in a release on Monday accused Uwazuruike and his group of deceiving Ndigbo with false claims of leading and speaking for the group.