Abuja - The Human Rights Writers Association
of Nigeria (HURIWA) has decried the use of live ammunition by
security personnel to thwart pro-Biafra protests.
“We have resolved to employ the assistance of the popular
mass media to appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to order the armed security
operatives to stop the irresponsible deployment of live firearms against
civilian demonstrators in the Southern parts of Nigeria who are agitating for
BIAFRA,” HURIWA stated.
HURIWA said it was deeply concerned about the new trend
of use of military force to confront civilian protesters in clear defiance of
the human rights provisions enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Biafra, officially the Republic of Biafra, was a
secessionist state in south eastern Nigeria that existed from 1967 to 1970.
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The inhabitants were mostly the Igbo people who led the
secession due to economic, ethnic, cultural and religious tensions among the
various peoples of Nigeria.
The creation of the new state that was pushing for
recognition was among the causes of the Nigerian civil war, which was fought to
counter the secession of Biafra from Nigeria.
Recently, some protests, which have turned
violent, have been held to advocate a separate country for the Igbo people of
- CAJ News