The indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) is offering the Shiites, an Islamic sect, the chance to relocate the Biafra land when finally, the movement’s dream country comes to fulfillment.
This hand of friendship was extended to the Shiites by IPOB’s spokespersons Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya and Emma Nmezu in a statement the group released on Saturday 29.
The statement centered majorly on Biafra’s constitution which the group said would emanate from the collective consent and participation of the people. The statement contrasted with what would be the Biafran constitution with the present Nigerian constitution which it said was singlehandedly written by former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar.
The statement read;
“The Constitution of Biafra shall be a collective effort of Biafran citizens. Every Biafran will participate in the formulation and agreement of the constitution. No single individual will arrogate the powers to himself/herself to write the nation’s constitution.
“This was the case in Nigeria where General Abdulsalami Abubakar singlehandedly wrote the constitution and incorrectly stated in the introduction that we the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria…Do hereby make enact and give to ourselves the following Constitution…
“Nothing can be farther from the reality because the people of Nigeria never came together to discuss, enact and give themselves the constitution. Technically, a constitution is made by the citizens of a nation and not the people; because the people may or may not be the citizens of that nation.
“The blessed nation of Biafra shall never be a member of any Islamic body. Biafra shall maintain its secularity both in principles and in practice unlike the British-created country called Nigeria that professes secularity in principle but a ranking member of OIC in practice.
“Also, citizens will not be forced to practice a specific religion. There will be freedom of worship for adherents of all faiths without molestation. If the persecuted Shiite sect members would like to relocate to Biafraland, we would gladly accommodate them alongside other tormented Christians in the North (Arewa land)