ELECTION BOYCOTT | Nnamdi Kanu suffers another setback as ‘Agu Biafra’ opposes
Even as the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, sticks to his stand for a boycott of the forthcoming Anambra State governorship election scheduled for November 18, 2017, the leader of Biafra Reformist Movement (BRM) Ndubuisi Igwekani, popularly known as ‘Agu Biafra’ has called on the people of Anambra State and other Nigerians resident in the state to discharge their civil obligation by turning out en-masse to exercise their franchise on the day of the Anambra State poll.
Nnamdi Kanu is insisting that if the federal government fails to conduct a referendum before October 1, 2017, to enable Ndigbo choose to remain in Nigeria there will be no election in Anambra State.
Ndubuisi Igwekani said a boycott of the election will lead to the Federal government declaring a state of emergency in Anambra State, thereby imposing a leader of their own choice on the state.
Kanu restated his call for a boycott of the Anambra State governorship election on Monday, July 24, while answering questions from news men in Enugu, after receiving awards from Eastern Consultative Assembly (ECA), Igbo Women Assembly and a group of Igbo students, for his resilience in the struggle for the emancipation of Igbo race through self-determination struggle.
The IPOB leader stated,’ There will be no election in Anambra State on November 18, unless a referendum is conducted by the federal government. We are asking for a Referendum so that our people will decide on the way forward by themselves’
“Bondage is not good enough to describe our plight in Nigeria. Our roads are bad. The Fulani herdsmen impunity is going on because some people are selfishly benefiting from the wrong system. But before the end of this year, the Fulani menace will no longer exist. We can no longer continue to accept this humiliation. It has happened in the past. It cannot continue. Our freedom is not negotiable”.
Nnamdi kanu expressed optimism that his call for a boycott of the Anambra governorship election will achieve a hundred percent result despite the fact that the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by Dr Nnia Nwodo urged the electorates in Anambra State to disregard his call for a boycott.
But ‘Agu Biafra’ who addressed members of the Correspondents’ Chapel, Enugu State Chapter of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) later cautioned that any attempt to stage a boycott of the Anambra governorship election will impact negatively on the development of Igbo land and the Biafra struggle.
He argued that it will amount to the Federal government declaring a state of emergency on Anambra state and imposing a candidate of their own choice, who is likely to be an enemy of Ndigbo on the state.
He therefore appealed to the people of the state and the rest of Nigerians in Anambra State to shun the call for the boycott of Anambra State and prepare themselves to vote for candidate of their preferred choice.
His words,” I’m not opposing Nnamdi Kanu but I am opposing the statement that there won’t be election in Anambra State. If there is no election in Anambra State, Igbo people will suffer because the federal government will impose somebody who is likely to be an enemy to rule them”.
Igwekani, alias Agu Biafra’ said he is at the forefront of the Biafra struggle since 1999 which stems from the marginalization of the Igbo nation from the main stream of governance, stating time is now ripe for all the pro Biafra groups to come together to articulate a common agenda of realizing the dream.
He cautioned the quest for the realization of the Biafra nation based on referendum will not be achieved except the Igbo leaders reconcile and join forces with the Riverine states, who were parts and parts of the defunct old Eastern region, to form a formidable force.