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Senator Yerima: "Biafra Struggle Is Legitimate" - Daily Times by BiafranPrince: 7:37am On Dec 02, 2015
Amidst a renewed agitation by pro-Biafra protesters across the South east and South south parts of the country with the subsequent clamp down on them by the Federal Government, a former governor of Zamfara State, Ahmad Sani Yerima, has said that the Biafra agitators were on a legitimate struggle for self determination.

The former governor, now a Senator, told newsmen that consequently, the federal government and the security agencies must allow them to exercise their fundamental human rights as guaranteed by the Constitution.

Yerima, a politician known for his radical views on national issues, cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigeria Armed Forces against the use of force on the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Survival of the Sovereign State of Biafra ( MASSOB), saying the groups were on a legitimate struggle for self-determination and should be allowed to exercise their fundamental rights.



He disagreed with President Buhari and the top echelon of the Nigeria Armed Forces on the handling of the renewed agitation by the groups to revive the defunct Republic of Biafra saying they should be more matured and accommodating in a democracy.

Yarima, who was speaking in Abuja said it was wrong for people to classify the agitators who have been campaigning for the revival of the defunct Republic of Biafra as secessionist because they have legitimate rights under the Nigerian Constitution to express their views on any issue.

He said that rather than treat the agitators as rebels who must be forced to either remain in Nigeria or be crushed, the Federal Government should find out why the agitation has been growing by the day.

In recent weeks, there have been a series of public demonstrations across the five states of the South-East geo- political zone as well as spreading into Delta and Rivers states in the South- South geo- political zone. In the wake of the mass rallies, President Buhari had warned the groups that he would not tolerate actions that could lead to the dismemberment of the country.

On the strength of that pronouncement, the Nigeria Armed Forces has also issued warnings to the agitators to bury their dreams of having a separate country or be prepared to face the full weight of the military. But Yarima argued that though he believed in the unity of Nigeria, the agitators should be allowed to express their views freely.

According to him, there should be no compulsion in a democracy and the Indigenous People of Biafra must not be compelled to belong to Nigeria. He said that rather than use force to subdue the agitators, the Federal Government could hold a referendum in the region to ascertain if it is the wish of the majority of the people to pull out of Nigeria and form a new country.
“These are people that want self determination. They believe that they are homogeneous in terms of tribe, language and culture and they want to live together and have their own community.

“In the end, you see, this is politics. I don’t believe in using force to make them succumb, submit or follow Nigeria and to stay in Nigeria”, he stressed.


It would be recalled that the Nigeria Army relying on the military Rule of Engagement for internal security operations, recently warned the pro- Biafra agitators to desist from holding rallies in different towns and cities as the military had powers under the constitution to suppress any act insurrection or civil disobedience.
Following allegations of killings of Igbo in some parts of the north, Nigeria went to war in 1967 when the then Military Governor of the defunct Eastern Region, Col. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu declared the birth of Republic of Biafra from Nigeria. The war raged for 30 months leaving deaths and destruction in its wake before the secessionists surrendered.

http://dailytimes.com.ng/biafra-igbo-legitimate-struggle-yerima/

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Re: Senator Yerima: "Biafra Struggle Is Legitimate" - Daily Times by Kuyo: 7:39am On Dec 02, 2015
Children's of hate and wickedness will not like this news

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Re: Senator Yerima: "Biafra Struggle Is Legitimate" - Daily Times by MISSNORA(f): 7:40am On Dec 02, 2015
Except illiterates would believe otherwise...

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Re: Senator Yerima: "Biafra Struggle Is Legitimate" - Daily Times by EasternPride: 7:41am On Dec 02, 2015
According to him, there should be no compulsion in a democracy and the Indigenous People of Biafra must not be compelled to belong to Nigeria. He said that rather than use force to subdue the agitators, the Federal Government could hold a referendum in the region to ascertain if it is the wish of the majority of the people to pull out of Nigeria and form a new country.
“These are people that want self determination. They believe that they are homogeneous in terms of tribe, language and culture and they want to live together and have their own community.

That is all he wants all you people saying it is "treasonable felony" to know.

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Re: Senator Yerima: "Biafra Struggle Is Legitimate" - Daily Times by Leopardd(m): 7:43am On Dec 02, 2015
One thing about truth is that, even if you put it upside down and hit on the concrete floor many times, it is still the truth. cheesy


Lalasticlala, good morning, this needs to grace FP to balance the anti-Biafra views many hold. It is fair that you put it there too.

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Re: Senator Yerima: "Biafra Struggle Is Legitimate" - Daily Times by Tunami(m): 7:44am On Dec 02, 2015
this man don try get sense small

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Re: Senator Yerima: "Biafra Struggle Is Legitimate" - Daily Times by TechRev: 7:46am On Dec 02, 2015
As more converts emerge. Soon Biafra, Arewa and Oduduwa will have better society for the youths and generations comming.

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Re: Senator Yerima: "Biafra Struggle Is Legitimate" - Daily Times by Liftkid(m): 7:49am On Dec 02, 2015
Please tell the brainless dictator!

They All know The Truth and they are saying it one after the other.
A yoruba man wrote some few minutes ago.
I have brainstormed about Biafra, as a Yoruba man I just wanna say, I think this is a matter of National interest, which requires absolute care, if the government does anyhow with it, it could cause another Instability, loss of life and property.
I see people who are soaked in their belief, radicalised and won't give up unless they die or actualise their aim.
I know some people will come and rubbish this as nonsense but let's remember one thing there is no burning bush that does not start without a small little flame.
As for we Yorubas, I hope our cowardice does not lead us to extinction and mediocrity

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Re: Senator Yerima: "Biafra Struggle Is Legitimate" - Daily Times by chinae(m): 7:52am On Dec 02, 2015
Waiting for the slaves to storm here and oppose their master.

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Re: Senator Yerima: "Biafra Struggle Is Legitimate" - Daily Times by pillarmaria(m): 7:53am On Dec 02, 2015
Northerns can now read the writing on the wall

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Re: Senator Yerima: "Biafra Struggle Is Legitimate" - Daily Times by gohzieh(m): 7:54am On Dec 02, 2015
IPOB indeed.
Re: Senator Yerima: "Biafra Struggle Is Legitimate" - Daily Times by Leopardd(m): 7:57am On Dec 02, 2015
pillarmaria:
Northerns can now read the writing on the wall

They should, I mean it's not like all of them are not privy to UN declaration.

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Re: Senator Yerima: "Biafra Struggle Is Legitimate" - Daily Times by Dreambeat: 7:57am On Dec 02, 2015
God bless you Yerima for saying the truth

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Re: Senator Yerima: "Biafra Struggle Is Legitimate" - Daily Times by hucienda: 8:01am On Dec 02, 2015
Well, of a truth what he said there is cold common sense.

You don't force patriotism.

It comes freely with such zest, gusto and fervour from the hearts of a people beating as one and having firm, undying belief in whatever concept of nationhood and citizenship they hold dear.

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Re: Senator Yerima: "Biafra Struggle Is Legitimate" - Daily Times by studio14: 8:03am On Dec 02, 2015
YERIMA MAY ALLAH GIVE YOU MORE LIFE

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Re: Senator Yerima: "Biafra Struggle Is Legitimate" - Daily Times by Dbboy(m): 8:16am On Dec 02, 2015
Cold truth

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Re: Senator Yerima: "Biafra Struggle Is Legitimate" - Daily Times by dtruth3(m): 8:18am On Dec 02, 2015
All hail Biafra! Land of the rising SUN!

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Re: Senator Yerima: "Biafra Struggle Is Legitimate" - Daily Times by Hysmady(m): 8:20am On Dec 02, 2015
cool Good morning Nigeria...

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Re: Senator Yerima: "Biafra Struggle Is Legitimate" - Daily Times by freez2ryme(m): 8:20am On Dec 02, 2015
When u hv a dictator as a president!

Nigerians may think Buhari is doing d right thing until u become a Victim.

It is so surprising that SW and some SS are against this agitation, not knowing that this agitation can only end in two ways,
BIAFRA
OR
TRUE FEDERALISM.

Either way, it is a win win game, cos various region will hv control over their resources even the North thereby fully utilizing their potentials. Which will lead to human and infrastructural DEVElopement.

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Re: Senator Yerima: "Biafra Struggle Is Legitimate" - Daily Times by Nobody: 8:20am On Dec 02, 2015
see who is talking.bloody paedophile. but in all honesty, if the igbos believe they want to secede, why is the fg afraid to let them go?

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Re: Senator Yerima: "Biafra Struggle Is Legitimate" - Daily Times by Blizzy9ja: 8:20am On Dec 02, 2015
Nigeria as a country isn't growing, those gaining 4rm the parasitic union are viciously fighting against its seccession... The way forward is either Resource control, True federalism or outright seccession.

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Re: Senator Yerima: "Biafra Struggle Is Legitimate" - Daily Times by macolino(m): 8:21am On Dec 02, 2015
Yerima on point on this one..infact more virgins for yerima

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Re: Senator Yerima: "Biafra Struggle Is Legitimate" - Daily Times by rhymestech: 8:21am On Dec 02, 2015
Let's be sincere, the Biafra people should have referendum and see how many easterners support this.

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Re: Senator Yerima: "Biafra Struggle Is Legitimate" - Daily Times by psychologist(m): 8:21am On Dec 02, 2015
Good to know

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Re: Senator Yerima: "Biafra Struggle Is Legitimate" - Daily Times by Nobody: 8:21am On Dec 02, 2015
Coming from a perverse Paedophile, I am not shocked.

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