The Amalgamation of Northern Women Associations, a group of women, demanded on Saturday a referendum to allow Biafran agitators to choose whether or not to remain in Nigeria.
Hadiza Adamu, the coordinator of the group, spoke on behalf of other members during a protest in Abuja on Saturday.
“Nigerian history has proven that women shoulder the heavy burden of war, insurrections, and terrorism. From 1967 to 1971, our men died and left us with the children to care for out of nothing, while other men that survived simply moved on, but we didn’t.
“The aftermath of the war and its sufferings left lifetime scars on our hearts and bodies. Because of this, we (have) come together to say we don’t want another war, another insurrection.
“We, therefore, unanimously call on President Muhammadu Buhari as the leader and father of the country; and the leadership of the National Assembly, President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawal; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila; to immediately call for a referendum in the country.
“Let people choose to live in peace in Nigeria or leave, any other group or nationality that wants to secede to exercise their rights of self-determination like the South-East has been agitated for decades to be allowed to leave Nigeria peacefully, without resorting to a second civil war.
“Today the Igbo nation has turned the entire South-East to almost a war zone, northerners irrespective of their tribes are no longer safe, states’ infrastructures are no longer safe, service personnel from police to army are not safe, INEC offices and other symbols of democracy in the country are being destroyed on daily basis, our husbands that go to do business in South-East no longer return home safe, our political leaders who travel to the South-East on national assignments are assassinated in broad daylight.”