Biafra Peoples National Council is to form a collegiate parliament composed of representatives of Biafra ethnic nationalities and pro-Biafra groups.
The formation of the BPNC and the plan to set up the Biafran peoples’ parliament were disclosed in a communique issued at the end of a conference, which held in Accra, Ghana, between May 27 and 31, 2016.
The conference was put together by the Organisation of Emerging African States.
A copy of the communiqué, in which the secessionists demanded Nigeria’s expulsion from the Commonwealth of Nations, was made available to our correspondent on Sunday.
The communiqué was signed by Mr. Uchenna Madu on behalf of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, and the representatives of the other pro-Biafran groups, including Eastern People’s Congress, Biafra Liberation Council, Salvation People, Ekwenche Organisation, Biafra Nations Youth League and Biafra Revolutionary Organisation.
Other groups that signed the communiqué were the Biafra Liberation Crusade, Biafra Movement for Solidarity, Biafra Regional Emancipation Movement, Billie Organisation and Representative of Biafrans in the Diaspora.
The communiqué disclosed that, in line with the principles of equity, fairness, justice, participatory democracy, egalitarianism, the administrative and political capitals of Biafra would not be concentrated in one location but shall be spread across Biafra land.
Going by the plan of the activists, as revealed in the communiqué, Biafra would have different capitals for the executive, judicial and legislative arms of government.
The proposed country would also have separate capitals for culture, economy, science and technology, agriculture and defence.
According to the communiqué, the conference agreed to draw up a legal framework for the “New Biafra State.”
In the same vein, the secessionists accused the Commonwealth of Nations of “double standards” for failing to sanction Nigeria for the “extra-judicial killings of more than 700 civilians of Biafran origin and pro-Biafran activists” by various Nigerian security agencies.
The Biafra agitators, in the communiqué, noted that the Commonwealth of Nations had, in 1995, suspended Nigeria after the execution of nine Ogoni activists, including the playwright, Ken Saro-Wiwa.
“The conference strongly rejects the blatant double standards of the Commonwealth of Nations and the attitude of individual member states of the Commonwealth.
“The conference recommends to the Commonwealth of Nations to immediately begin the process of expelling the Federal Republic of Nigeria from the Commonwealth of Nations in compliance with the Harare Commonwealth Declaration and the norms and principles of respect to peoples and human rights,” the communiqué said.
The activists also expressed reservations at the “silence of the global Christian leadership” over what they described as the “continuous attack on men and women in Biafra land.”
Also, the conference demanded an immediate and unconditional release of detained pro-Biafra activists, including the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, as well as Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawuisi, Benjamin Onwuka and Chukwuebuka Ikenwa.