Nnamdi Kanu may not have been publicly seen for several weeks now, but the movement he leads, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has vowed to proceed with the planned boycott of the November 18 governorship election in Anambra state saying, “if we vote, Nigeria will never again take Biafra agitation serious.” They claimed the boycott is also necessary in honour of its “abducted and presumably murdered” leader.
Sending a message: The group, in a statement by its publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, said the planned boycott of the Anambra elections will send a strong message to the Nigerian government as well as the international community that it means business about its agitations.
“If we Biafrans succeed in demonstrating before international observers that we are serious about our freedom by locking down Anambra State on that day, the world will be in no doubt that Biafra is unstoppable. The whole world is watching to see how serious we are towards the realisation of this great nation of Biafra. The successful boycott of the election come November 18 will prove to the entire world how determined we are towards having our own new nation where all men will be equal before the law.”
Clarion call: It therefore called on all its members to stay at home on election day and not participate in any activity. “Every genuine Biafran desiring of freedom for Biafra from this Islamic bondage of Hausa Fulani caliphate called Nigeria, must not only stay at home on that day, but must also make sure those around them do not vote. November 18, 2017 is a date with history,” he said.
Election boycott, a stepping stone: Powerful stated that a successful stay-at-home protest would set the stage for a referendum to be conducted in no distant future.
“Locking down Anambra State will pave the way for IPOB to announce a date for substantive referendum later next year with or without the approval of Nigeria. Events in Catalonia and Kurdistan have pointed the way forward for we Biafrans because it was clearly demonstrated by both nations that we can call for and conduct our referendum with or without the cooperation of Nigeria.”
In honour of “presumably dead” Kanu: According to the group, the boycott is also necessary to honour the memories of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu whose whereabouts has been unknown since the September 14 raid in his hometown.
“For the sake of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who was abducted and presumably murdered by the Hausa-Fulani rulers of Nigeria and their co-conspirators in Igboland, especially Igbo governors and Ohaneze leadership, we must as a people boycott the elections. For the sake of the blood of our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters murdered in cold by Buhari, Buratai, Willie Obiano and Okezie we must boycott the elections. For the sake of our hope and collective aspiration as a people unfulfilled and down trodden in Nigeria, we must boycott this and every other election in Nigeria,” the group said.
Meanwhile: On Sunday, soldiers once again raided Nnamdi Kanu’s family home in Afaraukwu, Umuahia, carting away some items. There is some dispute over what was taken. See details HERE.