The Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), an Igbo youth socio-cultural organization in Nigeria, has joined the call for a United Nations supervised referendum for the most populous nation in Africa.
The leader of the group, Comrade Igboayaka O Igboayaka said that the call is democratic and is a way forward for the country.
While speaking to newsmen over the weekend in Owerri, Imo State capital, Igboayaka, insisted that it’s within the tenet of democracy for people to pursue self-determination.
“is in full support of any democratic move to dissect the numerous issues surrounding the makeup of Nigeria federation.”
“Pro Biafra groups are legally qualified to call for a restructural referendum having housed a good number of views of the Igbo nation in a struggle for a fair share in the Nigerian federation against the clear marginalization of the Igbo race evidenced in lopsided federal key appointments especially the service chiefs,” he said.
Igboayaka, however, maintained that the call for United Nations to play a coordinating and supervisory role in the proposed Referendum in Nigeria is a right step in the right direction geared towards ensuring fundamental human rights especially freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and freedom association.
The leader of the Ohanaeze Youth Council, therefore, called on Nigerian authorities to heed to the call to settle the dust of secession, marginalization, self-rule agitations, proscription, and overheating the polity.