The Delta State Government on Monday reiterated that the people of the state are not part of the proposed Biafra Republic and will never be, emphasizing their belief in one and united Nigeria.
In a state statement signed by the Secretary to the Delta State Government, Chief Festus Agas, the State Government urged the people of the state to remain law abiding and go about their normal business without fear. Chief Agas said in the statement:
“We object in its totality, the inclusion of Delta State without our consent in the proposed Biafra Republic. This clarification has become necessary to avoid any confusion or misunderstanding regarding the status of Delta State in the renewed Biafra agitation.
“While some communities in Delta state may have cultural affinity with the people of the South East , it is clearly a patent error for anybody or group to suggest or insinuate that Delta state or more specifically the Anioma people have been or are part of the South East that is supposed to make up the proposed Biafra Republic.”
Frowning at the rekindled agitation of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), for the realisation of independent State of Biafra, he said the campaign which has been in form of rallies in the South East, often extends to the South-South State, notably Rivers and Delta.
The SSG’s comments came just two days after more than 30 Igbo youth, mainly members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), were shot dead by the Nigerian Army because they were marking Biafra Day in memory of the former leader of the defunct Biafra Republic, the late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.
Although the protesters said they were shot at without warning or mercy by soldiers and policemen, the Nigerian security forces insisted they only fired in self defence.