Monday, 28 March 2016

Biafra Won't Happen In My Time - Buhari

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has said that agitation for an independent state of Biafra “would not be tolerated” as a prominent pro-Biafra activist goes on trial.
Thousands of people in southeast Nigeria have demonstrated in recent months, demanding independence for the region formerly known as the Republic of Biafra, which existed as a republic between 1967 and 1970. Nnamdi Kanu, a U.K.-based activist and the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group, was arrested by Nigerian authorities in October 2015. Kanu  has been appearing in court without any progress in the case. If convicted, Buhari says, Kanu will face a maximum of life sentence in Nigeria.
Nigerian military officer Odumegwu Ojukwu declared an independent Republic of Biafra in southeast Nigeria in 1967, sparking a three-year civil war that resulted in the deaths of more than one million people, though some estimates place the death toll at up to two million. Buhari served as a Nigerian officer during the war, which ended in 1970 with Biafra being reintegrated into Nigeria.