Why Biafra agitation may fail – US Ambassador

Indications that the Biafra agitations would not succeed in tearing Nigeria apart came recently when the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington, made his position on the matter known.
Symington, who spoke at the 241st anniversary of America’s independence in Abuja, said that Nigerians who support the unity of the country outnumbered the ones calling for secession.
According to him, America’s first President, George Washington, had postulated that elements that seek to weaken a country always start by causing disunity.
He likened Nigeria to America, saying that just like Americans, Nigerians are determined to remain united, adding that Nigeria’s plurality was a source of strength and its diversity an inspiration to many other countries.
Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) have since been pressing for the creation of the entity called Biafra, in line with the territory that constituted the area during the Nigerian Civil war that led to the death of more than one million people, mostly from the East.
However, the Urhobo Peoples Integrity Organisation (UPIO) in Delta State have distanced themselves from the agitation, saying they were not part of the Biafra map and were not consulted.
President of the group, Olorogun Ebenezer Okorodudu, said that the Igbo had the right to pursue self-determination, but noted that such rights do not give them the justification to compel other groups to join in the Biafra agitation.

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