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Monday, 30 May 2016

Biafrans stage demonstration in Delhi seeking freedom from Nigeria ---The Indian Express


The demonstrators, hailing from Biafra in eastern Nigeria, paid homage to those killed during the 1967- 1970 period while defending Biafra and lit candles in their memories.

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They also demanded release of their leader Nmamdi Kanu jailed since October 2015. (Source: Express photo)
Scores of people from eastern Nigeria Monday staged a demonstration at Jantar Mantar in the capital demanding “freedom” and seeking Indian government’s help in “restoring sovereignty” of their homeland. 

The demonstrators, hailing from Biafra in eastern Nigeria, paid homage to those killed during the 1967- 1970 period while defending Biafra and lit candles in their memories.

They also demanded release of their leader Nmamdi Kanu jailed since October 2015. Nigeria after gaining independence in 1960 plunged into a civil war with its eastern state Biafra seceding from it and existing as an independent state from May 30, 1967 to January 1970.

After a two-and-half-year-long war in which a large number of Biafrans died, the secessionist state was finally reunited with Nigeria. “Biafra was there before Nigeria was created in 1960. We are asking the world community including the government of India to help Biafra in restoring its sovereignty,” said Peter, one of the demonstrators.

“We want freedom for our people. We want support from the Indian government for the people of Biafra,” said another demonstrator, Prince George. Similar demonstrations and memorial services were organised by the consultative council committee of Biafrans in different cities of the world.

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