Friday, July 06, 2007

The Second Biafran War?

As if Nigeria doesn't have enough problems with a de facto insurgency in the oil-producing Niger Delta, now it has trouble again in the southeast of the country.

The one-time leader of the Biafran secessionist movement Emeka Ojukwu says that the region has more reason than ever to leave the Nigerian federation. He said that the region's 14 million people were disenfranchised during Nigeria's recent rigged presidential elections.

"What upsets the Igbo population is we are not equally Nigerian as the others," he said.

The comments were made on the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the Biafran War, in which over a million people died.

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