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Northern Women Groups Stage Protest to Demand Referendum on Biafra

by Isiyaku Ahmed
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The Federal Capital territory (FCT), Abuja, was thrown into pandemonium on Saturday when many women on the platform of Amalgamation of Northern Women Associations, took to the streets demanding a referendum on the Biafran agitation for separation.

The women protested the killing of northerners in south-south and south east, demanding stoppage to the killings in the north as well as challenging President Muhammadu Buhari to conduct a referendum to allow the Igbo decide whether to separate or remain in the Nigerian state.

The group complained that they bear the burdens of war more than men. They argued that men die in wars, leaving the women and the children behind. They cautioned over the post-war sufferings and consequences of destruction in the post-war era.

Coordinator of the Amalgamation of Northern Women Associations, Hadiza Adamu, during the Abuja protest on Saturday, declared: “Nigerian History has shown that women carry the heavy burden of war and acts of insurrections and terrorism.

“We have gone through it from 1967 to 1971, our men died and left us with the children to cater for out of nothing, other men that survived simply moved on but we never moved on.

“The aftermath of the war and the sufferings left lifetime scars in our hearts and on our bodies. It is for this reason that we (have) come together today and say we don’t want another war, another insurrection.

“We, therefore, unanimously call on President Muhammadu Buhari as the leader and father of the country; and the leadership of the National Assembly, President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawal; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila; to immediately call for a referendum in the country.

“Let people choose to live in peace in Nigeria or leave, any other group or nationality that wants to secede to exercise their rights of self-determination like the South-East has been agitated for decades to be allowed to leave Nigeria peacefully, without resorting to a second civil war.

“Today, the Igbo nation has turned the entire South-East to almost a war zone, northerners irrespective of their tribes are no longer safe, states’ infrastructures are no longer safe, service personnel from police to army are not safe, INEC offices and other symbols of democracy in the country are being destroyed on daily basis, our husbands that go to do business in South-East no longer return home safe, our political leaders who travel to the South-East on national assignments are assassinated in broad daylight.”

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