Catalan Secession Vote, Nigeria Nightmares?-Barron Magazine Article

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FILE PHOTO - A general view of the pro-independence rally in Barcelona, Spain June 11, 2017. REUTERS/Albert Gea
FILE PHOTO - A general view of the pro-independence rally in Barcelona, Spain June 11, 2017. REUTERS/Albert Gea

There is no doubt that the recent crackdown of unarmed peaceful Biafran young demonstrators has backfired on Nigerian government by fully internationalizing the Biafra case throughout the world. This new article implies that the Catalonian Secession vote could widen the problems for Nigeria.The Catalan Secession vote passed by a whopping 90% vote, but there are issues that only about 43% of the eligible voters voted in the referendum. Here is an article published by Barron Magazine a popular international magazine.
Barron argues that:
“Nigeria’s fault lines could widen as Spain’s secessionists push for independence”. The author of this article see huge problems for Nigeria in light of the Catalan Secession vote. Among other issues raised, The author Dimitra DeFotis sees similarities between the Catalan Secession and the Biafran Secession movement. The author quoted Africa Confidential which noted, “”… There is a nightmare scenario under which south-east secessionists link up with Niger Delta militants and try to stall the economy. Some officials speculate about the risks of militants from the Delta and the south-east teaming up with campaigners from Anglophone south-west Cameroon who are demanding an independent state, known as Ambazonia.
Secessionist movements, led by the Catalans, Kurds as well as the Biafran militants, use social media to great effect. This sounds warning bells in Buhari’s government, many of whose officials either fought in or grew up during Nigeria’s civil war (1966-70) over Biafra’s attempted secession …”
The fact that there may be a scenario where IPOB if pushed to the limit could link up with some Niger Delta Militants could spell disaster for Nigeria’s ailing economy. There is also the possibility that Biafran secessionists and the Niger Delta Militants could also link up with nearby Anglophone Cameroonians who are raising similar issues against the Cameroonian government. Western Cameroon secessionists are looking to establish the Republic of Ambazonia

The author Dimetra also quoted Newsweek Magazine extensively and said, “”… There is a nightmare scenario under which south-east secessionists link up with Niger Delta militants and try to stall the economy. Some officials speculate about the risks of militants from the Delta and the south-east teaming up with campaigners from Anglophone south-west Cameroon who are demanding an independent state, known as Ambazonia.
Secessionist movements, led by the Catalans, Kurds as well as the Biafran militants, use social media to great effect. This sounds warning bells in Buhari’s government, many of whose officials either fought in or grew up during Nigeria’s civil war (1966-70) over Biafra’s attempted secession …”

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