The European Union has given the strongest indication yet that it will support legitimate means for the actualization of Biafra, noting that while it has strong diplomatic and economic ties with Nigeria, “Protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms remains a priority for the EU and we encourage the authorities [Nigeria] in every occasion to respect such rights.”
The EU in response to calls by the Organization of Emerging African States (OEAS), to support the agitation for Biafra, said that self-determination and border changes must be in accordance with established international law.
EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Federica Mogherini, in Brussels, Belgium told OEAS Chief Administrative Officer, Dr. Jonathan Levy that the EU will only recognize a Biafra born via international law and not armed secession.
Earlier, Levy had called for the release of all Biafran political prisoners, a stand down of Nigerian forces, and a snap referendum to be held within 90 days.
To achieve a referendum, the OEAS advises all non-violent means should be utilized including general strikes, economic boycotts, work actions, demonstrations, lawsuits, and civil disobedience.
He said that Nigeria as a member of The International Labor Organization (ILO), recognizes the right to engage in general strikes and the right to strike is also recognized in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of 1966 (Article 8(1)(d)).
“OEAS supports the Shadow Government of Biafra and calls for the immediate release of all Biafran patriots detained by the Nigerian federal government.”