The Coalition of Northern Youth had stated it will regroup and prepare for the war on failure for referendum.The group which on Thursday withdrew their quit notice to the Igbo’s had said its intention is that the FG let’s the Igbo’s have a referendum for them to determine if they want to stay as Nigeria or go for Biafra.
It will be recalled that the Arewa youths had before now made their interest for the referendum known to the FG.
The statement reads in part: “Allow the Igbo and support them to hold a referendum to decide their future either as Nigerians or as Biafrans in view of the fact that the population of the Igbo that supports Biafra is far larger than the few who appear to be against it. Failure to do that will only douse this tension temporarily while they regroup to prepare for the war, they have always craved and openly called for. We are opposed to war with any part of this country and we are opposed to any situation that will lead to war”.
In a further statement, the group reiterated that one of the key reasons why Biafra should be allowed to hold a referendum is because the principle of self-determination has, since World War II become a part of the UN Charter, which states in Article 1 (2), that one of the purposes of the UN is “to develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights andself-determination of people”.
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