I was filled with happiness and admiration when the news of Ambazonia election boycott break into the news. For me, it was a sign of seriousness, and a way to let the whole world know that they are tired of all kinds of subjugation melted on them in their own fatherland. Just as President Julius Nyerere, the president of Tanzania said, when he was addressing the issues of Biafra on April 1968, that, “Surely, when a whole people is rejected by the majority of the state in which they live, they must have the life to live under a different kind of arrangement which does secure their existence. States are made to serve the people; governments are established to protect the citizens of a state against external enemies and internal wrong-doers, but when the government which supposed to protect the people turns around to decimate the same people they supposed to protect, then the people have no other option than to reject the government.
It is on these grounds that people surrender their right and power of self-defense to the Government of the state in which they live. But when the machinery of the state, and the powers of the Government, are turned against a whole group of the society on the grounds of racial, tribal, or religious prejudice, then the victims have the right to take back the powers they have surrendered, and to defend themselves”. This is exactly what the Ambazonia has shown to the whole world. People have a duty to defend the integrity of their state, and even to die in its defense, this duty stems from the fact that it is theirs, and that it is important to their wellbeing and to the future of their children. When the state ceases to stand for honor, the protection, and the wellbeing of all its citizens, then it is no longer the instrument of those it has rejected. In such case, the people have the right to create another instrument for their protection. This right cannot be abrogated by constitutions, nor by outsiders.
The basis of statehood, and of unity can only be generally accepted by the participants. When more than twelve million people have become convinced that they are subjugated and that there is no longer any basis for unity between them and other groups of people, then that unity has ceased to exist. You cannot kill thousands of people, and keep killing more, in the name of unity. There is no unity between the dead and those who killed them; and there is no unity in slavery or domination.
What is the decision of Biafran people in the upcoming election in 2019? Are we ready to boycott the forth coming election? Or are we going to tell the whole world that the grave is not yet filled. Indeed the Amazonians have registered their names with golden pen, what an indelible mark, the whole world can now see their seriousness. Ambazonians has chosen the right part. I believe that Biafrans will make the right decision during the next up coming election in Nigeria.
All we ask is the date for a referendum not war!