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Despite the proscription of the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) the hashtag #Biafra was among the top twitter trends today October 1, 2017 as at 10:25AM as Nigeria celebrates her 57th Independence from British.
#Biafra had been tweeted more than 43, 000 at the time of putting this post together. The hashtag was used differently, though.
While some used it to call on the agitators to embrace peace and work for the unity of the country, some others used it berate those calling for Nigeria’s disintegration.
Some of the Biafra tweets are:
“TODAY 1ST OCTOBER 2017 ,WE MOURN OUR PYTHON DANCE VICTIMS,WHEN BIAFRA COME,WE CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE. BIAFRA IS NOT NIGERIA”
“It was easy for Nnamdi Kanu to flee without stress. He has no pin in Nigeria and in Biafra”
“It is difficult to talk about Biafra as a republic when the Igbo are living and have investments everywhere in Nigeria” Orji Uzor Kalu was quoted as saying.
“Happy Independence to my fellow Nigerians, the rest of you claiming Biafra collect your independence message from Nnamdi Kanu,” Matthews Jerry tweeted.
“The Igbos should strive towards producing a president in the Federal Republic of Nigeria instead of agitating for Biafra” Jubril Aremu Gawat quoted Orji Uzor Kalu in one of his tweets.
“#NigeriaAt57 and another Biafra downfall; welldone Nigerian Army, Welldone Nigerians, Kudos to our President,” a twitter user 10gram tweeted.
President Muhammadu Buhari in a nationwide broadcast today vowed never to allow the country to break up under his watch.
Part of his speech read:
Recent calls on re-structuring, quite proper in a legitimate debate, has let in highly irresponsible groups to call for dismemberment of the country. We can not and we will not allow such advocacy.
As a young Army Officer, I took part from the beginning to the end in our tragic civil war costing about 2m lives, resulting in fearful destruction and untold suffering. Those who are agitating for a re-run were not born by 1967 and have no idea of the horrendous consequences of the civil conflict which we went through.
I am very disappointed that responsible leaders of these communities do not warn their hot-headed youths what the country went through. Those who were there should tell those who were not there, the consequences of such folly.
At all events, proper dialogue and any desired constitutional changes should take place in a rational manner, at the National and State Assemblies. These are the proper and legal fora for National debate, not some lop-sided, un-democratic body with pre-determined set of objectives.
Government is keeping up the momentum of dialogue with stakeholders in the Niger Delta to keep the peace. We intend to address genuine grievances of the communities.
Government is grateful to the responsible leadership of those communities and will pursue lasting peace in the Niger Delta.