Biafra agitator, Simon Ekpa has stated that “powers that be” in Nigeria have refused to create a level playground for all citizens.
In a memo dated April 13 to the United Nations General Assembly, UNGA, Ekpa said forces were trampling upon others and calling the shots at will.
“They have also violated the principle of secular state status by allowing (a) Muslim-Muslim ticket”, the letter seen by DAILY POST reads.
Ekpa stated that the people of Biafra were determined to exit Nigeria, lamenting how “innocent Biafra youths are rounded up and jailed without trial”.
He said some are extrajudicially killed, though “no terrorist Fulani herdsman, Boko Haram, ISWAP, terrorists is in jail because they are being sponsored by the State”.
Ekpa alleged that terrorists arrested during the President Goodluck Jonathan administration have been released and “rewarded with job positions in the Nigeria military”.
The secessionist told the UN that Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, was extradited from Kenya to Nigeria in 2021.
Kanu, accused of treason by the Nigerian government, has been in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS, since his repatriation.
But Ekpa said the court discharged the case, with the UN working group on arbitrary detention requesting his freedom within six months.
“The 6 months ultimatum expired in February 2023, yet the jihadist, terrorist, and democratic-dictatorial government of Buhari and APC refused to release him.”
Ekpa accused Information Minister Lai Mohammed of “bribing, censoring, and terrorizing media houses in Nigeria never to report the atrocities going on”.
He said the Biafra Republic Government in Exile, BRGIE, wants UNGA to prevail on the authorities to grant an unconditional release of Kanu and “all Biafrans held captive”.
The former Radio Biafra anchorman equally demands the conduct of a peaceful democratic referendum “to enable a peaceful and bloodless exit of Biafra”.
The letter noted Biafra people have demonstrated their willingness to leave “through various sit at home civil disobedience for the past two years”.
“The every Monday sit at home civil disobedience has lasted for two years uninterrupted,” said the Finland-based agitator arrested in February.
Ekpa further referred to the March 2018 controversial comment by Army chief, Lt. Gen. T. Y. Danjuma, who accused the military of colluding with jihadists.
“The army is in cooperation with these jihadists, the armed forces are not neutral, hence all should raise and defend yourselves,” Danujam said at an event.