After the United Kingdom expressed interest in offering asylum to persecuted members of the secessionist community, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has responded.
On Tuesday, April 20, we shared a report in which the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), a division of the Home Office, directed its decision-makers to consider whether an individual “who actively and openly supports IPOB is likely to be at risk of arrest and detention, as well as ill-treatment that is likely to amount to persecution.
IPOB has now replied, stating that the South-East requires a referendum on self-determination, not asylum.
A referendum is a vote in which people of a nation express their views or vote on a major political issue. A territorial referendum could result in the breakup of a country’s region.
Emma Strong, IPOB’s media and publicity secretary, issued the following statement:
“We, the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), led by our great and indomitable leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, have welcomed the news that the United Kingdom has agreed to offer asylum to persecuted Biafra agitators living in the UK.
While we applaud their bold move, we would like to respectfully remind them that what we Biafrans really need and value is a referendum, not asylum in the UK.
We’re sick of being enslaved in the devilish concoction known as Nigeria, which they single-handedly developed.
We do not want our children, current and future generations, to live in the same geopolitical space as those who reward terrorists and criminalize law-abiding citizens.
We thank the UK government in particular for confirming what the rest of the civilized world already knows: the great IPOB worldwide family is made up of nonviolent agitators and freedom fighters, not terrorists.
This noble move by the United Kingdom has established that Nigeria is a country run by terrorists for the benefit of terrorists.
Aso Rock, Nigeria’s capital, is a terrorist sanctuary, with ministers openly sympathetic to terrorists and their actions coming and going as they please, while freedom fighters languish in prison. We don’t want asylum; we want freedom.”