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Rivers State not part of Biafra protests

12 November 2015, 11:07

Rivers - The Rivers State Government has distanced itself from protests by groups demanding the independence of Biafra.

The government raised concern at the related disruption of commercial activities by the protesters.

Simeon Nwakaudu, the government spokesperson, said the state believed in one indivisible Nigeria.

“In as much as people have the right to peaceful protest, it should not be at the detriment of other members of the public. If the protesters have any misgivings, they should channel same to the appropriate authorities,” said Nwakaudu.

Also read: Pro-Biafra protest moves to Rivers

Biafra, officially the Republic of Biafra, was a secessionist state in south eastern Nigeria. It existed from 30 May 1967 to 15 January 1970 when it was reabsorbed into.

The inhabitants were mostly the Igbo people who led the secession due to economic, ethnic, cultural and religious tensions among the various peoples of the country.

There has been a wave of demonstrations demanding its cessation on the grounds of alleged marginalisation by government.

- CAJ News


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