On Saturday, a group of women led by the Amalgamation of Northern Women Associations demanded a referendum to allow Biafran agitators to choose whether or not to remain in Nigeria.
Hadiza Adamu, the group’s coordinator, spoke on behalf of other members during a protest in Abuja on Saturday.
“Nigerian history has shown that women bear the heavy burden of war and acts of insurgency and terrorism,” she said. We went through it from 1967 to 1971, when our men died, leaving us with the children to feed out of n8othing, while other men who survived simply moved on, but we never did.
“The aftermath of the war and the sufferings inflicted lifelong scars on our hearts and bodies. For this reason, we (have) come together today to declare that we do not want another war or insurgency.
As a result, we unanimously call on President Muhammadu Buhari, as the country’s leader and father, as well as the leadership of the National Assembly, President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawal, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, to call for a referendum in the country immediately.
“Let people choose whether to live in peace in Nigeria or leave; any other group or nationality that wishes to secede in order to exercise their right to self-determination, such as the South-East, has lobbied for decades to be allowed to leave Nigeria peacefully, without resorting to a second civil war.
“Today, the Igbo nation has almost turned the entire South-East into a war zone; northerners, regardless of tribe, are no longer safe; state infrastructures are no longer safe; service personnel from police to army are no longer safe; INEC offices and other symbols of democracy in the country are being destroyed on a daily basis; and our husbands who go to do business in the South-East no longer return home.
Our political leaders are assassinated in broad daylight while on national assignments in the South-East.