From: OKEY SAMPSON, Aba
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has called on eligible voters in Anambra State to boycott the November 2017 gubernatorial election in the state should the Federal Government fail to organise a referendum in the South East to determine the fate of Biafra.
Kanu made the call, on Tuesday, at Isiama Afara-Ukwu Ibeku Umuahia, the Abia State capital, while addressing a mammoth crowed of IPOB members that gathered in his father’s palace to welcome him.
Kanu equally threatened that the people of Southeast and others under the Old Eastern Region would boycott the 2019 general elections should the Nigerian government under the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari fails to hold a referendum for the South East.
The IPOB leader, who faulted acting President Yemi Osibanjo’s statement on why he (Kanu) was not amongst the south-east leaders and stakeholders invited to Aso Rock for a roundtable discussion, vowed not to relent in the struggle for the agitation for a sovereign state for Biafra.
According to him, “Nigerian government should build as many prisons as possible to jail all Biafrans because there is no going back and we are ready to go there (Prisons) unless the federal government give us Biafra.
“We are starting with Anambra come November this year. There will be no governorship election in Anambra State. In 2019, the whole of Biafra Land will not vote for any President. There will be no Senator, there will be no House of Reps, there will be no House of Assembly and there will be no Councillorship elections in Biafra land if they (Federal Government) fail to call for a referendum,” he said.
The IPOB leader urged his members to remain steadfast and calm as Biafra remains their only hope.
“We are not like any other people. People like us don’t come twice. That’s why I know that with the last breath in this very body that Biafra will be restored. There’s nothing anybody can do about it. Tell them that’s what I said. Nobody on this earth can stop Biafra.”
Those Kanu addressed included other Igbo socio-cultural organisations like World Igbo Citizens (WIC) Ikwerre/River State chapter, who came to show solidarity with IPOB towards the restoration of the sovereign state of Biafra.
Some leaders of the WIC who spoke to the media said they supported Biafra restoration and Nnamdi Kanu because of his strong will and commitment towards the emancipation of the people of South East and South-south from marginalisation in the hands of Nigeria. (The Sun)
The Presidency has said it does not consider leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, relevant in ongoing consultations with leaders of the South East.
Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu said Kanu was not invited because the Presidency does not regard him as a leader of thought in the South East.
Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, last week, flagged off series of meetings with northern and southern leaders of thought, traditional rulers and the clergy, over rising, ethnic tensions in those parts of the country.
Ojudu said: “Well, the thing is that we were looking for leaders of the people, leaders of thought and we do not see him as a leader of thought in the South East. Maybe, an opportunity will come at one time or the other for him to be engaged. But, so far, what we have done is to look at people who have influence in the communities, whether it is religious, whether it is traditional, whether it is political, social or governance. These were the people we brought in for discussions.”
The presidential aide said “South East leaders, including Ohanaeze Ndigbo coming to see Osinbajo have neither asked for a referendum on Biafra or secession, but have only complained about marginalisation in appointments and harassment by police at roadblocks. Nobody has tabled that in all the discussions we have had. Nobody, I can tell you. Ohanaeze came with a prepared document. They made complaints about losing some key positions, not being appointed into security positions and all those kinds of things.
“And, these are things that can easily be addressed. Nobody canvassed secession at those meetings, nobody canvassed referendum.”
The presidential aide noted that the south east leaders Osinbajo has met so far were all on the same page of keeping Nigeria as one indivisible country in peace and harmony.
He said the federal government would tackle the perceived injustice in parts of the country through equitable distribution of resources and employment creation. (The Sun)
On June 1, 2017 when Family Writers Press media team led by Mazi Somto Okonkwo, the National leader of Family Writers had meeting with the ebullient leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (De Great) in his residence at Afara-Ukwu, Umuahia, one of the key issues hinted on by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was his plans for every ethnic nation of Biafraland when Biafra is restored. This wonderful plan from Mazi Nnamdi Kanu for all the ethnic nations which make up the Great Biafra is that there will be no ethnic group that will belong to Biafra by force. According to him during the meeting with Family Writers media team, he said verbatim that belonging to Great Biafra nation of his dream will be a thing of pride which all the ethnic nations must work hard in order to belong to, after all the Biafra territories’ exit from Nigeria federation.
In order to lay to rest the divide and rule deluded and heretical opinions from Nigerians of shame that Igbo ethnic group will then begin to colonize other ethnic nations of Biafraland when Biafra is restored, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu said that his mandate with Chukwu Okike Abiama is that not even an inch of Biafraland from the plains of Idoma Land and Igala Land at northern axis of Biafra down to Bight of Biafra in Atlantic ocean in southern axis, from Ogoja hills down to Bakassi peninsula eastward axis to Igbanke in Edo state in western axis of Biafraland will be left as Biafraland exit Nigeria federation. According to him, that is why anybody who is talking about the restructuring of Nigeria is kidding because that is not the mandate of God. He also said that when the exit of Biafraland from Nigeria federation is completed, then come the composition of which ethnic nation is ready to be part of Biafra or ready to be on their own as another sovereign state?
It is on this note that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (De Great) said that when all the territories of Biafraland as described above is carved out of Nigeria through a general referendum or outright demarcation of the Biafra map out of Nigeria, whichever way they want to play it, there will be an independent free and fair open referendum by every ethnic nation so that both their elites and commoners will have equal opportunity to decide whether they want to part of Great Biafra or not via internal referendum. Nnamdi Kanu said that the forceful annexation of a confiscated territories without the consent, approval and endorsement of Indigenous People as did by Britain in 1914 will never happen in Biafraland during the time of Biafra nation composition. No ethnic nation will be forced into Biafra because he is ready to approve as many countries as demanded in Biafraland if that should be the desire of the ethnic nations in Biafraland.
According to him, by this wonderful arrangement, ethnic nations such as Ijaw, Urhobo, Ogoni, Isoko, Efik, Ibibio, Annang, Idoma/Igede, Ogoja, Igala & Igbo will have a different referendum within themselves to decide whether to stay with each other or not. He went ahead to say that as many ethnic nations as will agree through their internal referendum to be part of Great Biafra, will be ruling themselves as a nation state in Biafra, manage their resources according their choices, create as many provinces as they can manage with their internally generated resources, as there is no how resources from Ogoniland will be used to develop Igalaland or resources from Idomaland being used to develop Urhobo land. Every ethnic nation will have their government, parliament, judiciary, military, police (both National, Provincial & County police) as their generating income can handle.
By this arrangement, Ijaw nation of Great Biafra will have absolute liberty to plan of their nation based on their tradition, religion, creed and affiliation with no external interference from Ogoni or Igbo, so will Efik nation, Isoko nation, Idoma nation and Igbo nation have full liberty to plan their territory and their resources as it is best to them. When this arrangement is perfected, nobody will be fighting for the office of Biafra Prime Minister on selfish interest because there may be no much resources on centre to loot.
Tony Okafor, Awka
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has said the actualisation of the Republic of Biafra is possible.
He said that in realisation of this, South-East governors were afraid of losing their positions and political relevance in the area.
He said that was why the governors in the zone were not supporting the Biafra struggle.
Kanu stated this in a chat with our correspondent in his father’s palace at Afaraukwu, Umuahia, Abia State.
He said the fear being entertained by such people was neither here nor there because the Biafra republic would be founded on the principles of justice, equity and fairness.
He said, “I don’t know why they are just afraid. Biafra will be a home for all people who agree with our values.
“If you are from Sokoto, you can be a ‘Biafran’ if you believe in our value system of equity, justice and fairness.
“I don’t even intend to be the head of the Biafra republic in the end. I don’t like to always lead. I want to be led so that I can proffer solutions.
“If Uwazuruike had done well, I won’t be doing what I’m doing today. I’m into this struggle because of leadership vacuum.
“I’m into this fight because my people are suffering; they are being denied their rights and privileges. Nothing will stop this fight. And I must assure you, we are almost there. Biafra is almost here with us.” (Punchng.com)