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Indigenous nationalities demand referendum as UN protest starts today

The group had earlier stated that it would hold a protest at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

In continuation of their demand for a referendum, members of the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination (NINAS) have adopted the use of mobile van to advertise their demands in New York, United States, where the United Nations meeting is ongoing.


In a video obtained by SaharaReporters, the van boldly displayed electronic messages such as “Nigeria is a scam” for passersby to see.

One of the agitators said: “Disgracing Nigeria and Buhari at United Nations Headquarters, New York. We are far ahead of this game against them.”


On September 14, the members of NINAS started a planned protest in front of the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the United States.


The coalition of agitators for self-determination consists of southerners and middle-belt people, under Ilana Omo Oodua, Lower Niger Congress and the Middle Belt Movement, led by Prof Banji Akintoye, Tony Nnadi and Yusuf Turaki respectively.


In photos obtained by SaharaReporters, they took to some streets to drive home their demand for a referendum so as to actualise their dream of having Nigeria broken into separate nations.


The group had earlier stated that it would hold a protest at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The protest had continued since then but it was intensified on Monday following the arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari to the US.


SaharaReporters had also reported that there was tension at the Nigerian House in New York, the United States after two groups of Nigerians in the diaspora clashed in a protest as the President arrived.


Buhari had earlier arrived in New York for the high-level meetings of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.


The Nigerian President will address the high-level session of the General Assembly on Friday, September 24, when he would speak on the theme of the conference and other global issues.


However, drama had ensued on Monday when two groups of Nigerian protesters in the diaspora clashed as the President arrived.

The groups converged at the Nigerian House on 42nd Street, 2nd Avenue, with opposing views about the conditions in Nigeria and its unity.


One of the leaders of the counter group, Foluso Aruleba, highlighted the various problems confronting Nigeria as a nation, asserting that there can be no peace without justice. She regretted that the Buhari administration had continued to borrow money among the declining value of the naira.


The 76th session of the General Assembly began on September 14 and would end on September 27.

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