Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-determination (NINAS) Co-Convener Tony Nnadi has stated that it is the height of insensitivity for 2023 Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, to declare his support for One-Nigeria on the 53rd anniversary of the official capitulation of 1967 Biafra.
The renowned self-determination campaigner and civil rights lawyer, Mr. Nnadi, made this declaration in a statement he issued in Lagos on Wednesday, 18 January 2023.
According to Nnadi, Obi’s declaration is an egregious insult to the collective psyche of the Igbo, as it falls on the anniversary of the January 15, 1970 surrender of Biafra, which marked the end of the Nigeria-Biafra War.
Nnadi also noted that this war, which lasted for three years, was not a civil war, but a genocide with the main objective of “keeping Nigeria one” by the use of force and on unilateral terms.
Nnadi also pointed out that the catchphrase of “One-Nigeria” was used as a justification for the war, and represents a master-servant, Caliphate-controlled unitary union, as codified in the Victory Charter from that war and labeled “the 1979 Constitution”.
He added that the said 1979 Constitution was later resuscitated by Decree No.24 in 1999 as “the 1999 Constitution”, which Obi has publicly committed to defending and preserving.
Nnadi also criticised Obi’s vow to defend and preserve the 1999 Constitution, particularly the vow he made at Arewa House in Kaduna at the prodding of Hakeem Baba Ahmed.
The statement by Nnadi has sparked widespread outrage and calls for Obi to retract his statement and apologize for the insensitivity towards the historical and continuing pain of the Igbo.
Many are also calling for a re-examination of the role of the Nigerian government in the genocide and the ongoing marginalization of the Igbo people.
This report by the Atlantic Post serves as a reminder of the atrocities committed during the Nigeria-Biafra War and the ongoing struggles of the Igbo people for self-determination and justice.
Yup report also highlights the need for sensitivity and awareness in political statements, particularly on such a significant anniversary for the Igbo community.