Biafra Youth League Calls For Independence Day Boycott

From EMEKA OKONKWO 
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – SOME youths advocating for self-rule in southeast Nigeria boycotted the West African country’s independence celebrations on Sunday.
Africa’s most populous country with over 190 million people celebrated its 57th independence anniversary from Britain amid terror by the Boko Haram, ethnic divisions and skirmishes between army and protesters advocating for the independence of the Biafra.
The Biafra Nations Youth League (BNYL) shunned the milestone.
“There is nothing to celebrate about Nigeria,” BNYL leaders, Princewill Obuka and Ebuta Ogar Takon, stated.
The youth organisation also dismissed an October 1 deadline by Hausa hardliners for Igbos, who mostly originate from the south, residing in the north to vacate the region.
The two tribes have a history of violence.
BNYL urged calm among indigenes of the mostly Christian south residing in the north, dominated by Muslims.
“Nothing will happen to them,” the Biafra organisation pledged.
Police were in full force around the country  to ensure a hitch free and peaceful celebrations.
On Saturday, the United States congratulated the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reaffirmed US’ commitment to support
Nigeria in its fight to defeat the Boko Haram and help rebuild the lives
of millions affected by the violence.
CAJ News

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