Nigeria’s southeast and south-south boycotted the country’s 60th independence anniversary celebrations on Thursday by shutting down businesses and activities in the regions.
Nigeria gained independence from Britain on October 1, 1960 when colonial powers swept much across African continent in the mid-20th century.
The country had witnessed a civil war that resulted in the massacre of more than 3.5 million people in the old eastern region who sought to secede from the country after blaming the Fulani Muslim-led Nigerian government of marginalization and unfair treatment.
The October 1, 2020, Nigeria’s Independence Day, met the ugly side of the masses who say they see ‘nothing to celebrate’.
While activities in part of southern Nigeria remained shut down, others protested the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari which they said made life more difficult for the masses.
In London and other countries around the world, members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Yoruba One Voice (YOV), groups campaigning for the secession of the eastern and southern regions, protested and called for a referendum.
Nigeria is also facing an insurgency in the north and killings by Fulani herders that have killed more than 5,000 people (mostly in the south of the country) since Buhari took power as president.