A group, known as the Akwa Ibom leaders Coalition has headed to the United Nations to seek a break away from Nigeria.
In a video shared online, the coalition seeks to form its own republic called ‘Ibom Republic’, alleging that the Nigerian state had not treated its indigenes fairly.
The group has announced that it has reached out to the United Nations to formally register its plans to seceed from Nigeria.
A member of the coalition, Offiong Offiong stated that they will ensure that their request for secession is granted.
He said, “I am here today to present the communiqué that was issued after our meeting on June 5, 2021. Unfortunately, because of the back and forth of the lockdown and reopening of the UN secretariat, where the commission is based, we only ended up leaving our documents with the officers.
“But we are happy today that we were able to come. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 restrictions had not allowed us to present the documents to all the offices.
“We are asking for Ibom Republic. The Ibom Republic will be an attempt for us to demonstrate our emancipation as an indigenous group from the Nigerian state. We want a referendum and we want a decision made. We want our people to go on their own based on the way they have been treated by the Nigerian state.
“It is an exciting day for the Ibom Republic. Those documents have been submitted and we will continue to follow up.”