There is a slow but steady rise in protests and demonstrations in the southeast and south-south zones of Nigeria. These agitations are for the immediate secession of a part of Nigeria – the former territory of Eastern Region of Nigeria which became known and called the Republic of Biafra (1967-1970).
The Nigeria Police has been issuing warnings for people to stop protesting in support of the re-emergence of Biafra, stating that they are ready and prepared to contain any fallout(s) from such protestations.
Two distinct protests are linked to two groups i.e. the first group; the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the latest group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
In particular, IPOB is the latest splinter group which gained prominence (demanding the release of their leader) after the Radio Biafra director, Nnamdi Kanu, was arrested by agents of the Department of State Services (DSS) when he arrived the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos a few weeks ago.
The question is: why this sudden rise in pro-Biafra agitations since the end of the Nigeria-Biafra war in 1970?
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