Good day, Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of Biafra/IPOB news headlines for today Wednesday, June 16th, 2021.
Below is a roundup of top stories on Biafra, IPOB, ESN, Nnamdi Kanu and other pro-Biafra groups:
A man alleged to have been an informant used by the Nigerian Army to give away the late commander of the Indigenous People of Biafra’s Eastern Security Network (ESN), Ikonso Don, has been killed.
It will be recalled that Ikonso was killed in Imo State during a joint operation by security forces comprising the Nigeria Police Force and their counterparts from the Nigerian Army and Department of State Services (DSS).
As reported by Naija News, Commander Ikonso was killed during the gun battle between security operatives and the insurgents while six of his fighters were also arrested.
The apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has distanced themselves from various groups agitating for the emergence of Biafra Republic.
Naija News reports that calls for Biafra republic are being amplified by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).
In a statement issued by its Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the group said it is only dissatisfied with the negligence of the Nigerian government.
According to Ohanaeze, silence of Igbo leaders does not mean support for IPOB and MASSOB.
The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday called on the federal government to engage agitators across the country rather than employ the use of force.
Naija News reports that the Speaker of the House, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, made the call during the debate on a motion about the 22 years of unbroken democracy in Nigeria raised by Hon. Setonji David.
Obasa argued that the use of the military in an attempt to quell agitations for secession would not yield the desired result since it is part of democracy for a people to speak out concerning how they are governed.
The Speaker, who noted that the 22 years of unbroken democracy being enjoyed by Nigeria is worthy of celebration, however, said there many things yet to be done after so long adding that these had led to the tension in the country.
The Minister of information and Culture, Lai Mohammed on Tuesday disclosed that Twitter rejected its demand to delete the account of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.
The minister disclosed this on “Politics Nationwide,’’ a Radio Nigeria call-in programme.
Mohammed further stated that it wrong to believe that the social media platform was suspended in the country because President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement was deleted.
He accused Twitter of offering its platform to promote agenda that are capable of damaging the unity of Nigeria.