The Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), the youth arm of Ohaneze Ndigbo, has dropped its earlier demand for a president of Igbo extraction for Nigeria in 2019 and have instead resolved to pursue the realisation of an independent Biafra.
OYC, the youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Tuesday revealed that it had petitioned the United Nations to begin processes towards referendum in the South-East to decide what the region wants.
The group also said that in the petition it demanded that the UN ensure ‘special protection’ for all Igbo living in the North.
The letter was signed by the group’s national president, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike (National secretary) Amb Arthur Obiora (Dep National President) Engr Obinna Adobe (National Publicity Secretary) and was copied to the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the United States Embassy in Nigeria, the UK Embassy, the Commonwealth, and the Amnesty International, among others.
The letter was entitled, “A call for emergency in Nigeria- our two point demand.”
The group was reacting to the letter to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo by a coalition of northern youth groups, who prayed him to allow the Igbo to secede from Nigeria.
The Arewa youths had also in their letter, called on Osinbajo to make possible a UN organised referendum in Igbo Land for the people to decide if they want to remain in Nigeria or their age long desired Biafra.