Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) has argued that the struggle for secession is justifiable, calling on the Federal Government to call for referendum.
The prominent lawyer of Igbo extraction argued that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has the right to agitate for secession contrary to acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s claims that Nigeria’s ”sovereignty was not negotiable”.
Agbakoba, who stated this in a press briefing on Tuesday in his Lagos office, defended the agitations by IPOB and other pro-Biafra groups by citing Article 1 (2) of the United Nations Charter and Article 20 (1) of the African Charter of Human and Peoples Rights, to which Nigeria was a signatory.
The senior advocate stressed that restructuring was not a way forward for the country, and if the agitations are not carefully managed, the country could ”blow up anytime”.
I see every politician now says restructure but I disagree. I also think the acting President was wrong to say that Nigeria is insoluble.
There is nothing sacrosanct about Nigeria. It can blow up anytime. It’s an artificial creation, which was made in 1914 and when it was amalgamated we were not there. It was amalgamated in the interest of the colonialists.
Agbakoba also stressed his support for IPOB’s call for a referendum towards self-determination.
I’m not suggaesting that Nigeria should not exist but to say that Nigeria’s sovereignty is not negotiable, nobody should talk about it.
On the quit notice given to the Igbo living in the north, Agbakoba said there was nothing wrong with it.
Did they commit any crime? They just said, ‘leave our place,’ that’s all. It’s not in the criminal code that if I tell a man to leave my house I have committed a crime.
I have a right to tell you, this is my house, leave. It’s politically incorrect to tell the Igbo to leave but I don’t see any crime.