IPOB Members Protest At UN, Demand Referendum
The agitation for self-rule has been extended across the Atlantic.
Some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Tuesday staged a protest in New York, United States to demand secession from Nigeria.
The pro-Biafra agitators reportedly held the protest at the time President Muhammadu Buhari was addressing world leaders at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly.
The protesters, dressed in Biafran colours and emblem, gathered on the 47th Street, Manhattan, New York, near the UN Secretariat.
A former chairman of World Igbo Congress, Austin Egwuonwu said the protest is against the killing of unarmed youths in the Southeast.
”That has to stop. There has to be other means to resolve the conflict. This is the worst way of going about it,” he said.
A member of the protesting group, Chidi Owoh, said they were at the venue to protest against the ongoing subjugation of their people in Nigeria.
”We want to vote in a referendum whether we want to be part of Nigeria or leave. That is what we want the world to do,” he said.
The protest comes days after the group in Nigeria clashed with the Nigerian Army leading to the proscription of its activities in by governors in the region.