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Igbo leaders in Nigeria say no to call for Biafra state

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Igbo leaders in Nigeria have rejected calls for the breakaway state of Biafra
to be created for their ethnic group in the south-east.
Their
intervention is seen as an attempt to defuse escalating tensions between rival
communities in Nigeria.
However,
a pro-secessionist group says it will press ahead with its campaign.
Security
forces have killed at least 150 people since August 2015 to quell
pro-independence protests, Amnesty International says.

The
campaign has also fuelled tension in northern Nigeria, where some youth groups have
retaliated by threatening to expels Igbos who live there.
So,
the statement by Igbo leaders pledging loyalty to Nigeria could help ease
tension in the north, says the BBC’s Naziru Mikailu in the capital, Abuja.
Following
a specially convened meeting in the Igbo heartland of Enugu city to discuss the
crisis, state governors, lawmakers, traditional and religious leaders issued a
statement on Sunday to give their “full support” to a “united
Nigeria”.
However,
the statement called for the vast and oil-rich West African state to be
“restructured” to achieve a “a just and equitable society”.
According
to BBC, many people in the south-east accuse successive governments of failing
to develop their areas.
The
pro-independence Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of
Biafra (Massob) said the meeting failed to reflect the views of the Igbo
people.
“We
want Biafra and nothing but Biafra. Nigeria must disintegrate. Her faulty
foundation has broken beyond repair,” Massob said in a statement.
Massob
is one of the main groups leading the independence campaign.
On
30 May, many people in cities and towns across the south-east stayed at home to
mark the 50th anniversary of the declaration of the breakaway state of Biafra.
The
1967 declaration led to a brutal civil war, which claimed the lives of up to a
million people, before the secessionist rebellion was defeated by government
forces.

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