Agitation For Biafra Is A Violation Of Nigeria’s Constitution – Osinbajo

On June 19, 2017 194 Comments

Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo Sunday told the South East Traditional Rulers that agitations for secession by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the ultimatum issued to Ndigbo by the 16 coalition of youths group to vacate the 19 Northern states before 1st October were wrong and a violation of Nigeria’s constitution.

Osinbajo also stated that the government must be sensitive to know the reasons behind the agitations by different groups across the various zones of the country, but warned that it was wrong for people to approach their grievances by threatening to disobey the laws or by threatening the integrity of the country.

The Acting President who stated this when he met with the South East Traditional Rulers at the Old Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja, said that the Federal Government was committed to ensuring that the country remained one, adding that enough blood had been spilled and hundreds of thousands of lives lost in a bid to ensure that the country remained one.

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The ongoing consultative meetings initiated by Prof. Osinbajo was in response to the count-down of quit notice given to the Igbos living in the 19 states of the north to vacate the region before 1st October as a result of the agitations by IPOB, Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB for a Biafra republic.

He said though those making the agitations had attributed their agitations to perceived marginalization, while some have argued that safety in the different zones has been compromised, the nation’s constitution has said that Nigeria is one indivisible and indissoluble sovereign state.

Prof. Osinbajo who disclosed that he would be meeting with traditional rulers from the north said, “In planning these meetings I was conscious that we should have a separate set of meetings with our traditional rulers because of the peculiar and the unique positions that they hold especially in their relationship with those that live in their kingdoms.

“This was the reason why we chose to have two separate meetings one with the South East Traditional Rulers and tomorrow evening I will be having one also with traditional rulers from the north.

“I want to emphasis that it is the unique position that traditional rulers occupy that is behind separate consultations and we want to take much advantage of it as much as possible.

“Most of us are aware especially for those who have been following the consultations, we have worked very hard to ensure that the representations across the two zones that we are interested in consulting with initially are as wide as possible and we have tried to inculcate that even in our traditional rulers today.

“As you are aware there has been agitation from some of our youths in the south east urging secession, the creation of Biafra.

In apparent response young people in the north states, under the aegis of Arewa youths have purportedly issued an ultimatum where they have said set a date for the eviction of persons from south east region who live in the northern states.

“Those agitations, the manner of those agitations, the method and objective are wrong, unlawful and the violation of the laws of Nigeria and the constitution of Nigeria.

I want to repeat that both the agitations for secession and the ultimatum to leave the northern states are wrong and a violation of our constitution.

“Our constitution says in Section Two that Nigeria is one indivisible and indissoluble sovereign state to be known by the name the federal republic of Nigeria.

“That is the law of our country. Let us not be in any doubt about the fact that the federal government is committed to ensuring that our country remains united.

“And that anyone who violates the law in the manner such as we are seeing all over the place will be met with the full force of the law.

“And the reason why it is so is because Nigeria’s unity enough blood has been spilled and many hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost.

Many have paid for the unity of this country with their lives and it will be wrong of us as men and women of goodwill in this generation to toy with those sacrifices that have been made.

“This is why men of goodwill in our generation must not tolerate any tendency that drags us in the direction of yet another civil conflict.

“But we must be sensitive to the reasons why there are agitations by the various young men across the various zones of this country. Many have to do with perceived marginalization, some have argued safety in the different zones have been compromised. But I want to say the only way to make things right is to do things right. And it will be wrong of us to approach even our grievances by threatening to disobey the laws or by threatening the integrity of our nation.

“What the federal government is committed to do is by ensuring we listen to all the reasons, the various suggestions and the various agitations and the reasons for those agitations and to ensure that we do justice by all persons regardless of where you are from in this country. That is the commitment of federal government which I am able to make to you today.

“I recall that President Muhammadu Buhari said that as a person who served in the Nigeria Army committed his life to the service of this country and that he did so not alone but with others from the north, south, west and east of Nigeria. And that he fought side by side from the Congo to some many related places where he has served the country, protecting each other’s lives and ensuring that all of them were save.

“That in the Nigerian Army they were men and women from all parts of Nigeria and that is the reason according to him why he is so committed in ensuring that Nigeria remains one united country

“Our greatness lies in our being together and I believe very strongly that as our royal fathers you will ensure the message is clear to all, that the greatness of any people lies in their ability to work together despite our differences, despite the types of offense that have been caused between each other, the greatness of any community lies in our unity. We trust that you our royal fathers will give us he right directional advise to ensure that our country remains together.”

The delegation of the South East Traditional Rulers was led by the Chairman, South East Traditional Rulers Council, His Eminence, Eze Dick Eberechi and some of the selected monarchs from the zone which included His Royal Highness, Eze Cosmas Agwu, Eze Lawrence Agubuzu, His Royal Majesty, Eze Raphael Ikegwuruka, His Royal Majesty, Eze Chijioke Okwara, His Royal Majesty, Olivel Ohanwe, HRM, Eze Samuel Agunwa, HRM, Igwe Apostle Kingsley Chime, HRH, Igwe Barrister Julius NNaji, HRH, and Igwe Barrister Raphael Eze among others.

The closed-door meeting which started about 3:30pm also had in attendance, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu and the Minister of State, Education, Prof. Anthony Anwuka, the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, the National Security Adviser, NSA, Major Gen. Babagana Munguno, Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin.

Recall that the Acting president had met with the leaders of the North including the Arewa Consultative Forum, the South East leaders and Ohaneze Ndigbo, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and the heads of security apparatus.

Comments (194)


  1. Jerom Chisom Paul says:

    Where how state quote the phrase in Nigeria constitution. Rather Nigeria is violating the constitutional rights of Nigerians. UK and USA will soon refuse visas for Nigeria politicians.

  2. Tochukwu Grand Finale says:

    How can it be a violation of the zoo constitution when many nations had agitated and succeeded. Eg Pakistan broke from India or is zoo constitution stronger than India constitution? Don’t be a coward professor

  3. Simon Mgbada Nwajioha says:

    Let me ask ;is the killing of Christians by fulani herdsmen constitutional? If not so why is it that this government has not indict a single person since the killing started? Please don’t deceive us.

  4. Tochukwu Stanley says:

    Fulani headsmen are killing people you didn’t travel to East and North, but your are busy traveling for Nigeria to be one, if a zone want freedom you as a president you call for a Referendum

  5. Chibuzo Bethram Obirieze says:

    On Saturday the 17of June,2017,hausa in Omiale area of Ejigbo-Lagos. A group of hausa/fulani boys beat one Yoruba boy mercilessly and nothing happened. You can see why Yorubas don’t want Igbos to go. We protect from those animals.

  6. Christian Arinze Chukwuma says:

    WHICH CONSTITUTION?

    THE ONE WE AGREED ON, OR PARTICIPATED IN ENACTING?

    WHICH CONSTITUTION? ANIMAL CONSTITUTION WHICH WAS WRITTEN BY MILITARY ELITES?
    DID THEY CONSULTED US BEFORE MAKING A CONSTITUTION THAT VIOLATE HUMAN RIGHT?

    THE CONSTITUTION OF NIGERIA IS FOR NIGERIANS ONLY.

    WE ARE BIAFRANS AND WE ARE NOT MONKEYS AND BABOONS THAT ARE USED TO THE ZOO CALLED NIGERIA CREATED BY A FOREIGNER. AND THE NORTHS ARE CHASING IGBOS FROM A LAND THEY DONT CREATE. A FOREIGNER DID?

    LOLS!

    PLEASE TELL THE NORTHERN HOUSE BOY THAT CRK IS FOR THE CHRISTIANS AND NOT FOR THE MUSLIMS.

    TELL THIS IDIOT THAT WE ARE BIAFRANS AND NOT ABIDED BY ANIMAL CONSTITUTIONS CREATED BY CRIMINALS WHO DONT LOVE HAMANITY.

  7. Kenneth Valachi says:

    NIGERIA CONSTITUTION IS A VIOLATION OF THE UNITED NATION CHARTER WHICH SHE IS A MEMBER AND A SIGNATORY! Osibanjo should also know that d 1999 constitution was a product of d illegal military govt and it fraudulent and unacceptable! We will meet him in d world court!

  8. Ben Eze says:

    I respect u as a lawyer but one thing
    u should know is that ,the constitution n laws ar made by men and can be changed by men too or there’s going to be anarchy bcos Nigeria today is not governed by the constitution

  9. Emmanuel Enyi says:

    Removal of CRK in school curriculum, destruction of our farm land, killing & raping of our women by herdsmen are enshrined in the constitution abi? Abeg make we hear something. Those so called red cap leaders of taught & politicians are our problem.

  10. Okeke Patrickmartins says:

    Osibanjo must not survive this. He is joking with God, he may be a pastor but mind him that nt all pastors sees vision. The vision abt Nigeria dividing is very clear. Osinbanjo is busy doing nothing

  11. Abubakar Usman says:

    Prof.osinbajo this is the last warning that you will give the useless biafrsuds no more agitation anybody he/she trying violating our constitution just declare state of emergency, our brave soldiers are ready to fight and fire any bastard agitators!

  12. Ugochukwu Silas says:

    At times I wonder why truth has gone from the mouth of those we Called elites. What do dey teach us their younger ones and followers, does it means DAT no body in this country called Nigeria DAT can stick to truth and fairness again? I wonder oooo, no wonder to make this country one has been for ages without result. Just imagine a whole professor in law once a pastor and now an acting president disputing a judgement delivered by a court of the same coubtry he is an acting president, DAT declared Agitation of Biafra as legal, is here now telling de world DAT he is not qualified to lead a nation, because by mere saying this trash shows the incompetency in Osibanjo as a leader of this country. Well I won’t blame him because he is acting a script written by his slave masters the Hausa Fulani. Carry go osiy! but know DAT UN has a charter to our actions, even if u denied DAT ur constitution does not permit it know dat u can’t deny DAT of UN and AU

    • Napoleon Chinweike says:

      Garba you were not taught history in school so let me educate you. Were your sold during slave trade the answer is know. Because your people think like cows., we built with mould and lugard Fredric was amazed when he discovered my people, we were wise we covered our with animal skin while your people stripe naked. We never believed in lugards law that’s why he sees us a trait till now your people were loyal to him . We aunt the same and will never be

  13. Biafra Uche says:

    freedom of expression is the right of the indigenous people, i believe that your so-called country signed that with UN and AU. osibanjo if you don’t take time you’ll join buhari because BIAFRA is a spirit.

  14. Ndubuisi Okwara says:

    Osibande as bubu calls you, go and as ur dead President about Biafra. All i think is ur challenging the most high GOD, Chukwu Okike. Let’s watch and see how far you can go with these.
    All hail Biafra.

  15. Simon Eguji says:

    Osibanjo & his Foolani Government that read the law upside down. He claims to be a law Proffessor and does not know that self determination is a people’s right that must not be denied. Does he not know the amalgamation of Nigeria expired on December 31, 2013? Does he not know that amalgamation provided for REFERENDUM at the end of 100 years? He should have known that @BIAFRANS were never a part of the writing & ratification of the Northern Islamic Nigerian Constitution he is talking about. What the people are asking for now is REFERENDUM for peaceful seperation of @biafra from Hausa-Foolani, Yoruba Islamic Nigeria & followed by sharing of assets.

  16. Onyi Nwaochi says:

    Do we come 2gada n make d constution? If yes who n who represents eastern region, all d regions inụolved do dey agree on d said constitution? Or it is force on us as Britain force us 2 come 2gada n answer Nigeria we r not consulted when Abusalemi made d fraud called constitution 2day bakassi is in camerron yet d zoo is indivisible Dss will detain someone without charging him 2 court bail is no more free ifeanyi ubah is sentence 2 dat by dss not by judge constution gbakwa ọkụ araba

  17. Samuel Egungwu Ude says:

    Did this man here actually study law and in which university? Meanwhile, which Constitution is he talking about? Or is he referring to the draft concocted by the military and forced down our throats? Constitution my foot.

  18. Livingizstone Peter says:

    A pastor by CHOICE not by calling,,…cos he can LIE for africa.
    A fraudulent ATTORNEY by profession.
    A LUNATIC personified.
    Acting COORDINATOR instead of Acting president.
    Human CHAMELEON of all times.

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