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Conflict Looms In The East As Dokubo And Biafra Agitators Reply To Nigerian Army (Details below)

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The indigenous peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and the de facto customary government of Biafra said yesterday that they would not be intimidated by threats of repression from the military.

Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru had said at the first Commanding Officers’ Workshop of 2021 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom on Tuesday that the military would hunt down separatist agitators such as Nnamdi Kanu, Sunday Igboho and Dokubo to destabilize Nigeria’ s corporate existence. if they didn’ t abandon their plans.

Along the same lines, Dokubo reacted through the group’ s Chief of Information and Communication, Uche Mefor, saying that they were not at war with the Nigerian government but were exercising their legitimate rights to self- determination.

“We are not at war with the Nigerian state. We do everything within the limits of the law, both national and international. Nigerian state actors have a voice, but our claim and affirmation of our rights to self- determination are firmly rooted and embedded in international law. The Biafra Nation is here to stay. The de facto Customary Government of Biafra has come to stay. We have not challenged the Nigerian state, but we firmly find our legitimacy and position within the confines of the international legal order.

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“On the other hand, and on the contrary, the Nigerian state has subjected most ethnic nationalities and their populations to unimaginable horror, intimidation, sustained systematic human rights abuses, denied them the right to freely choose their future. political (internal self- determination). determination) and this has reached a stage where their sovereignty is now being questioned.

“The right to self- determination is a human right. Article I of the United Nations Charter recognizes the right to self- determination that sustains its universality, Article 1 common article to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) which establishes that all peoples have the right to self- determination.

“By virtue of this right, they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development. Article 20 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights of 1981 recognizes the rights to self- determination and was subsequently incorporated into Nigerian law under the PAC 10 laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 2004 as amended. Why would any of our men get hurt if he has not committed any crime or gone on the offensive against Nigeria? If Nigeria does, then it means that Nigeria is violating international law and specifically the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights to which it refers. she is a signatory. ”

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Source: Edujandon.com

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