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Support referendum for Biafra – Nnamdi Kanu’s US lawyer tells Britain

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The United States based lawyer of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Bruce Fein, has urged the United Kingdom, UK, to enable a referendum in Nigeria.

Fein said the UK should call for a referendum to allow the Igbos in the South East decide if they want to leave Nigeria and actualize Biafra.

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He disclosed this in a letter addressed to the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing.

Fein berated Britain for supporting “a lawless united Nigeria for UK’s ulterior motives.”

Laing, in a tweet, had expressed delight over the possibility of a united Nigeria after a meeting with the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, George Obiozor.

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However, the US-based lawyer said the international law permits the people of the South-East to seek self-determination.

Fein’s call was contained in a letter made public by Kanu’s Special Counsel, Aloy Ejimakor, on Thursday.

According to Fein: “Even more reprehensible was your tacit enthusiasm for a united Nigeria, indistinguishable from a suicide pact for Biafrans. As you know, Nigeria was artificially created by the United Kingdom at the point of machine guns in 1914.

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“Prior to compelled unification in 1914, the British negotiated treaties with Biafra. A jus cogens norm of international law endows the Biafran people with a right to self-determination against a Fulani-controlled Nigerian government that has notoriously excluded all Biafrans but a handful of bribable defectors from the corridors of power.

“Self-determination stands at the apex of all internationally recognized human rights because it is preservative of all others. Self-determination is a shield against oppression by the tyranny of the majority or the ruthless.”

Fein recounted that the UK insisted on self-determination for Protestant Northern Ireland to prevent their persecution by the Roman Catholic Republic of Ireland.

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He also pointed out that the UK supported the self-determination referendum in South Sudan in 2011.

Fein said the referendum was to stop the Arab-Muslim governing majority from persecuting the black Christian-Animist in Sudan.

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The US-based lawyer lamented that Britain backed a lawless Nigeria, and called on the UK to rather be “advocating a United Kingdom suit against Nigeria in the International Court of Justice for denying the people of Biafra a self-determination referendum as required by Article I of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and an infinite number of corresponding human rights treaties and resolutions.

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“It is the least that the UK can do to atone for its egregious crimes and sins against the Biafran people that have persisted for more than a century. Self-determination is too important to be left to temporizing or tergiversation.”

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