Nigerians hold Biafra secession demo in Mozambique

Nigerians took their grievances to southern Africa, with dozens taking to the streets in Mozambique’s capital Maputo to demonstrate for the Biafra region's autonomy, media reported.

The O País newspaper on Monday reported that the Nigerians waved fliers and sung songs advocating the secession of the southeast region.

The paper said the Nigerians also called for an end to political persecutions, allegedly perpetrated by the state security forces.

The O País quoted the Biafra community representative in Mozambique, Mr Edwin Chibuzo Oguth, saying the demonstration aimed at pushing for the Biafra autonomy, because it had been marginalised by the government despite its immense contribution to the federal state.

The paper said the Nigerian embassy in Maputo promised to issue a statement on the demonstration.

Nigeria has had to contend with pro-secession groups in the southeast states such as the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the Biafra Independent Movement (BIM), and the Movement for the Actualisation for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).

The Biafra groups, particularly IPOB, has had several violent confrontations with the security forces.

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that Nigeria's unity was not negotiable.

The president, in his first address at home following 103 days medical vacation in the UK in August, said that Nigeria's unity was settled and that every citizen had a right to live anywhere in the country.

The Biafra agitation, representing the nationalist aspirations of the Igbo people, culminated in a civil war between 1967 and 1970.

The war and its consequences led to the deaths of at least two million people.

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