Simon Ekpa, a prominent advocate and separatist for Biafra, has warned Dr. Richard Montgomery, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, advising him against exacerbating conflicts in the Southeast region.
Ekpa, based in Finland and serving as the Prime Minister of the Biafra Republic Government in Exile, conveyed his message through his official Twitter account on Wednesday.
Montgomery posted on his official Twitter account, “It was an honor and pleasure to meet Governor Peter Mbah in Enugu, especially to discuss enhanced collaboration on investment attraction, trade enhancement, and creating more economic opportunities. Many ideas to follow up.”
However, Ekpa reminded Montgomery that discussing investments in a conflict zone was inappropriate. He suggested that some actions the British High Commission took might fuel tensions in the Southeast region.
He cautioned Montgomery against interfering with the call for a Biafra referendum, emphasizing that supporting the self-determination of Biafra was essential for achieving lasting peace in the region.
“Are you not aware that Biafrans are fighting for an independent state? You come to Africa to exacerbate conflicts while enjoying democracy in the UK. Enugu state is Biafra, and its people are demanding the release of a UK citizen, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, who is unlawfully detained by the Nigerian state. Did they kidnap him from Kenya, your country, or the UK? Do you listen to your citizens, or do your citizens listen to you?
“We, the Biafra people, urge you to refrain from escalating tensions in the South East. It is impossible to invest in Biafra territory amidst the ongoing conflict,” Ekpa wrote in his statement.
Ekpa’s response follows Montgomery’s meeting with Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State on Tuesday.