The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) are in the frontline of the campaign for a new state. While the federal government has insisted it is committed to keeping Nigeria as one nation, the groups have continued to make their demand for a new stage with frequent protests at every possible avenue.
While the arguments in favour of the Biafran secession, to many, are not strong enough, pro-Biafras are within their rights to ask for sel-determination. Many Nigerians seem to think so.
According to a poll by online news platform The Cable, 88 percent of voters on the topic ‘SHOULD THERE BE A REFERENDUM ON BIAFRA?’ said Yes; 11 percent said No and 1 percent remain undecided.
The poll was triggered by the referendum in Britain to determine whether the country should remain in the European Union or not. Britons voted to leave, although the Scottish would have loved to stay and voted to remain in the EU but their votes did not count. Now, the U.K.’s northernmost country is thinking of leaving the United Kingdom. A vote on whether to leave the UK or remain in 2014 ended with Scotland remaining. Another vote may happen.
Some Nigerians think the country needs to learn from Britain. What do you think?