Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, resumes plans to hold a referendum


The Indigenous People of Biafra has announced resumption of plans to hold a referendum towards the ‘peaceful restoration’ of the defunct Republic of Biafra.

IPOB said it has printed 40 million ballot papers to be used in the first phase of the referendum to determine their readiness to opt out of Nigeria.

IPOB spokesperson, Emma Powerful, in a statement, said the first phase of the ‘three-stage referendum’ would take place in 2018 although he did not disclose the date for the planned referendum.

He said the ballot papers would be distributed to all adults in every clan and village.

While the Federal Government proscribed IPOB and labelled it a terrorist organization in the wake of the clash, the U.S. government, however, said it does not see IPOB as a terrorist organisation, a position described as ‘unfortunate’ by the Nigerian government.