The Conference of Igbo Youth Organisations (CIYO), on Wednesday, warned that Igbos will no longer watch in silence while their brothers and sisters are slaughtered in the crisis engulfing northern states in Nigeria.
In a statement endorsed by 10 youth leaders after an emergency meeting in Owerri, the group vowed that it would consider retaliatory attacks if the violence continues.
“Events of the past few months in Nigeria have become very disturbing to stakeholders, especially the Igbo nation that played a major role in the founding of Nigeria and in spite of the tragedies of the Biafran war, resolved to give total support to one united Nigeria,” stated Uchenna Ucheghara, the National Coordinator, Igbo Youth Grand Alliance.
In a similar development, another group, the Biafra Zionist Movement, has announced the commencement of a process to launch the struggle for a state of Biafra with the international community, adding that the formal declaration of the new Republic of Biafra is slated for November 5.
Benjamin Onwuka, the National President of the group, said that Biafra could not be realised over the years because of the inability of Biafrans to get the support of world powers like the United States of America to back the project.
“As we approach the end of 13 years since the mobilisation and struggle for Biafran independence began under the aegis of MASSOB and other groups, the people of Biafra have not made much effort in realising our dreams because the struggle has been internalised since 1999,” he said.
“The aspirations of Biafra people must therefore be made known to the international community because the forces preventing the dreams for our independence are vested in the United Kingdom. Biafra can only be achieved when we secure the support of the United States of America; the day USA comes to our side, that day we shall be free from Nigeria.”