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Niger Delta youths distance region from Biafra agitation

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The Niger Delta Youth Congress, NDYC, has rejected the agitation of the South East Igbo group seeking the creation of a Biafra Republic and distanced the South South region from any secession movement.

The group said in view of the growing agitation from their neighbouring Igbo group for the creation of Biafra Republic, NDYC summoned an emergency meeting in Asaba and agreed to make their stand clear from the secession calls.

National coordinator of the group, Israel Uwejeyan, said in a statement that Biafra indigenes resident in the South South to desist from annexing the region into their struggle.

“We the Youths in the Niger Delta region from the six states of the South-south will never be a part nor lend our active or passive support for the so called Biafra, we vehemently disassociate ourselves from the agitation for Biafra secession by some of our Igbo neighbors,

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“We demand that all Biafra supporters  resident in the South-south to immediately desist from faking as indigens of the South-south in voicing support for Biafra if they want to continue to enjoy our hospitality as a people.

“This has been observed in statements by nonexistent groups in the Niger Delta region declaring support for Biafra and in the recent visit of some Igbo traders from Rivers and Bayelsa State to Nnamdi Kanu in his home town dressed in Niger Delta attires, posing as Niger Deltans and chanting Niger Delta songs in declaring support for Biafra.

“The south-south people are not Biafrans so we therefore demand the immediate removal of the six South-south states from the so called map of Biafra as it is an act of gross disrespect and provocation,” said the statement.

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The group said it aligns “with the statement of the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike recently in Sokoto, stating that Rivers state is not a part of Biafra and we strongly urge all other Governors and lawmakers in the South-south region to publicly disown the agitation for Biafra as their nonchalant attitude towards the inclusion of the South-south States in the map and struggle for Biafra will no longer be overlooked.”




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