Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Pro Biafra campaigners defy army, protest in Aba

Defying several warnings by Nigeria’s military, thousands of protesters took to the streets in Aba  on Wednesday to demand the release of a Pro-Biafra  activist who operated a pirate radio station and championed  the resuscitation of  Biafra, that became history in 1970.

Some 2,000 people carried placards with slogans such as “Biafra or death” and waved the Biafran flag — a golden rising sun on red, black and green.

Others wore t-shirts and caps with the image of Nnamdi Kanu, the director of the pirate Radio Biafra and founder of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) pressure group.

Some sang freedom songs and carried the outlawed Biafran pound currency.
“Getting our leader out of detention is our immediate concern but ultimately we want to be free from

Nigeria,” IPOB’s Abia coordinator, Ikechukwu Ugwuoha, told the crowds.

“We are tired of this forced marriage imposed on us in 1914 by the British colonial authorities. We don’t want anything to do with Nigeria again because we have not benefited from Nigeria.”

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