Igbo youths under the umbrella of Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC have taken the Biafra agitation a notch higher.

OYC, which is the youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Tuesday sent a petition to the United Nations, demanding ‘special protection’ for Igbo people living in the North.

OYC, in the letter to the UN, also called for the commencement of steps towards a referendum in Igboland “to finally determine the fate of their people.”

The Ohanaeze youth wing disclosed this in a statement in Enugu on Tuesday.

The development was a response to a letter in which a coalition of northern youth groups asked the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, to allow the Igbo to secede from Nigeria.

The northern youths, in the letter, urged the Acting President to organise a referendum in Igboland over the agitation for Biafra.

The Biafra agitation seemed to gain more weight after some northern youths under the aegis of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, a forthnight ago issued a quit notice to all Igbo living in the North to leave the region before October 1 2017.

The ultimatum had been condemned from several quarters but AYCF had through the letter to the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo insisted on its ultimatum, while suggesting a non-violent means to ease the Igbo out of the Nigerian union.