Igbo agitation: PDP chieftain proposes referendum
The Peoples Democratic Party,(PDP), chieftain in Delta State, Chief Sunny Onuesoke, has called for a referendum to address the increasing Igbo agitation for self determination.
Speaking in Abuja, Onuesoke said the Igbo ethnic national has rights that must be respected, noting that if the Igbo choose to be on their own, they should be allowed to go.
He, however, advised that should that be the case, to avoid bloodshed, the federal government should conduct a referendum among the Igbo, both in Nigeria and diaspora, over their demand for self determination so that some of them are not forced against their wishes.
According to him, “In 1973 Northern Ireland voted in a referendum, whether to be part of the United Kingdom or not and the citizens voted against it. Scotland equally conducted a referendum in 2014 to break away from the UK but the people also voted against it. Just recently, in June 2016, the United Kingdom conducted a referendum on whether to stay in the European Union or not and they voted in favour of it. Such experiment should also be emulated in the case of the Igbo.”
He argued that it is a fact that the different regions that made up Nigeria were brought together by Lord Lugard during the 1914 amalgamation without taking into consideration their historical and cultural diversification, stressing that the only thing that would have made Nigeria intact and peaceful was true federalism.
Onuesoke who is one of the agitators of true federalism, stressed that since Nigerian leaders refused to tow the line of true federalism, the best line of action is that those who want to go their way like the Igbos should be allowed to go but that it should be done through referendum.
“Why must we force ourselves to live together in a fake entity created by whites? “
Hausa, Fulanis, Yorubas, Igbos, Nupe and Kanuri among others do not have any genealogical, cultural, language, beliefs, ideological and even looks affiliations.
“Is it difficult to understand that Yoruba and Igbo do not share common ancestry, and their cohabiting is not of their freewill or consent, but by coercion of the meddlesome British empire? That migrant Fulani’s, who share same DNA with Berbers and Tuaregs of North Africa are incompatible with Igbo’s who share similar DNA with Jews of Israel,” he stated.