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Pro-Biafran protests at the Nigerian High Commission

Supporters of Biafra protest at the Nigerian High Commission in London

Pro-Biafran supporters demonstrated today outside the Nigerian High Commission in London against the arrest in Nigeria on October 17 of Nnamdi Kanu, who they referred to as their “leader”.

Kanu is the man behind Radio Biafra and has used “shock jock” tactics to raise the profile of the group he formed – Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) and their demand for secession from Nigeria.

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The protesters chanted songs from the Nigerian civil war such as:

“We are Biafrans, fighting for our nation, by the grace of Jesus, we shall conquer”.

Other songs in Igbo included: “I will not leave Biafra and go and live anywhere else”. This was a bit strange since the demonstrators all lived in the UK.

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Some chanted that “Buhari is a terrorist” while others called him a “paedophile”. Another guy claimed that “Buhari was the first Nigerian president without a certificate”. Others said “Nigeria was a terrorist country” and they should let Biafra go.

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One protester said that Nigeria was created by Britain “for stealing”. It was difficult to dispute that. A guy with a megaphone said that all Nigeria was known for was “bad things like corruption, terrorism, etc” and they should just allow Biafra to leave.

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As the schools were on holiday, some protesters brought their children along, who happily held up pro-Biafra placards, possibly wondering what the fuss was all about.

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The demonstrators tried to block the two entrances to the high commission offices and at one point, they got a bit aggressive. Two policemen showed up in motorbikes and told them to move across the road.

London police arrive at the scene to keep the peace
London police arrive at the scene to keep the peace

The protesters handed out flyers that claimed that: “Biafran restoration is due and now”. It also claimed that the IPOB “are saying no to the killing of Biafrans in Nigeria. Biafrans are demanding their freedom and self determination”. The flyer went on: “The British amalgamation expired in 2013, which resulted in Nigeria killing Biafran women/children (Christians) in their millions and counting. Please support our freedom from BOKO HARAM slaughtering our people”.

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