The proscribed Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has declared a sit-at-home protest on November 18, insisting that the people should boycott the governorship election in the state on the day.
A statement issued by IPOB’s Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, warns all members of the group in the state to not only stay at home on election day, but also make sure those around them do not vote, saying that if they vote, the government would never take the Biafra agitation seriously.
“We want to bring to the notice of IPOB members in Anambra State that the November 18, election is the day of destiny for all lovers of freedom. Every genuine Biafran that desires the freedom of Biafra from this 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.
“If we succeed in demonstrating before international observers that we are serious about our agitation for freedom by locking down Anambra State on that day, the world will not be in doubt that Biafra is unstoppable. Our destiny is firmly in our hands. We must teach corrupt politicians that money cannot buy IPOB, because we are a special breed, untainted by the corrupt tendencies of Nigerian politics.
“Locking down Anambra State will pave the way for IPOB to announce a date for a substantive referendum later next year with or without the approval of Nigeria. Events in Catalonia and Kurdistan have pointed the way forward for Biafrans, because it was clearly demonstrated by both nations that we can conduct our referendum with or without the cooperation of Nigeria. Election boycott is the only legitimate tool left in our hands to register our displeasure with the ongoing genocide, arbitrary arrests and torture of our people. If we vote, Nigeria will never take the Biafra agitation seriously.
“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 on 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.
“For the sake of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who was abducted and presumably murdered by the rulers of Nigeria and their co-conspirators in the South East, we must as a people boycott the election. For the sake of the blood of our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters murdered in cold blood by security agents, we must boycott the election. 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 truth remains that corrupt Igbo politicians want to destroy IPOB by all means because they know we represent the people and will never take money from Abuja to compromise the struggle as they have all done. They were the people that begged Buratai to bring his Islamic army into our land to kill our brothers and sisters because they value the crumbs they are getting from Abuja over our well-being as a people.
“We are therefore asking every Biafran and IPOB member who believe in the supremacy of the restoration of Biafra over deceitful game of Nigerian politics to sit-at-home and not venture come out on the 18th November 2017 no matter the amount of threat and intimidation from federal, state and local government as well as security agents.
“IPOB under the supreme command and leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is determined to show the world how serious we are towards the restoration of Biafra. Come the 18th of November, the world will know that Biafrans cannot participate in a fraudulent election organised by those that came to our land, killed us and when we complained, they tagged us terrorists.
“Biafrans must be aware international observers will be on ground that day from USA, EU, AU, Russia, UK, Israel and France. That is why compromised Efulefu governors, Ohaneze and other sponsored groups have been attacking IPOB and our noble leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. If we lock down Anambra State in spite of their billions of Naira, Operation Python Dance II, blackmail from Ohaneze leadership, the killing of Biafrans at the home of our leader, then Biafra has come. Nigeria will have no choice than to negotiate terms of a referendum.
“We must remain strong and resolute before our enemies as our leader taught us. He has come too far to allow propaganda and blackmail to derail us. As the blessed children of the Most High, it is our duty to let the world know that terrorists don’t vote” Powerful stated.