The scheduled 2019 general election in Nigeria kicks off in just less than a month period and politicians are busy falling over one another in desperation to win the sympathy of the gullible. The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in his live radio broadcast from the nation of Israel on Saturday 19th January 2019, has made it emphatically clear that there is no prevarication on the planned total boycott of IPOB family members, on the election throughout the entire Biafran territory. During the global broadcast, the IPOB leader unmistakably declared a Sit-At-Home directive to all Biafrans resident within Biafraland, on the presidential election day fixed for Saturday 16th February 2019. He repeatedly stated that there will be a total lockdown of activities across land. This is to strongly register before the world, the resoluteness of Biafrans in their drive to extricate themselves from anything that has to do with Nigeria.
In keeping faith with this mandate, quite a number of mischief makers are cashing in to question the wisdom behind this boycott arrangement as declared. They reason that such an action will not attract the desired sovereign nation of Biafra. It is necessary however, to let these individuals know that outrightly boycotting the presidential election for instance, has the requisite potentiality to create a political logjam that will ultimately pave way for an independent Biafra. People should understand that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) planned boycott of the election, is not meant for the Nigerian government to directly give the much desired independence but rather, the international community. This is the concerned body Biafrans all over the world, have been petitioning over time as a witness to the fact that they have totally rejected Nigeria and all that she offers and represents.
As ardent supporters of the Biafran cause therefore, it is expected that none be cajoled under whatever guise into partaking in the shambolic selection process called election in Nigeria, no matter the inducements. We cannot make mockery of the Biafra restoration struggle that has witnessed enormous despicable treatments from the Nigerian State and her agents. The world is anxiously waiting and watching to see if the Biafran people that have been clamouring for the restoration of their homeland over the years, will yet queue behind Nigerians to cast votes in an election such as this upcoming one. Our people should realize that 2019 election will pose a great test for us in our inalienable quest for our freedom as a people. Successfully and totally boycotting the election come Saturday 16th February 2019, will give a tremendous testimony to the international observer groups that Biafrans are unequivocally determined to call it quits with Nigeria.
It is on this premise that no genuine Biafran with particular reference to those resident in Biafraland, should fall for the cunning craftiness of these mischief makers cum political praise singers that have shamelessly invaded social media platforms, deceiving the gullible. Totally boycotting 2019 Nigeria organized presidential election is a task that must be accomplished as we steadily match towards the finishing line of our freedom. As for the treacherous, mischievous and shameless political praise singers, let them carry on with their self-deceits and vain glorious campaigns. We must remain focused, proving our mettle with our resolution of non participation. Time is really coming to prove us right because the boycott of 1964 election in Nigeria by Chief Obafemi Awolowo and his Action Group of Western Nigeria, greatly destroyed the country’s First Republican democratic experiment. This resulted in two bloody coup det’at of 1966 that culminated into the bitter pogrom carried against Biafrans in 1966/1967. This of course, finally led to fierce genocidal onslaught levied against the Biafran people by the Nigerian government and her British/Arab mercenaries. It is only the foolhardy the and the dwarfs of history that can underestimate the potency at the disposal of IPOB, as she has conclusively strategised on outright boycott of the forthcoming presidential election.
Biafrans residing in Biafraland should note that every foreign observer coming to our land to monitor the election, is principally detailed to observe the compliance of the people on the IPOB ordered election boycott, which is meant to cripple the exercise within Biafran territories. The blatant refusal to participate in the election will result in global news dissemination, adequately convincing the world that Biafrans are uncompromisingly ready to exit Nigeria. The political turmoil which greeted the First Republic when Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s Action Group boycotted the then Nigeria election, will definitely be a child’s play in comparison to the anticipated civil action as pointedly ordered by the IPOB global leadership regarding the upcoming presidential election slated for Saturday 16th February, 2019.
It is noteworthy to state here that the massive boycott by Biafrans across Biafraland, will attract enormous global media attention. Foreign observer groups will definitely report their discoveries to their home countries. The political turmoil which Nigeria witnessed during the First Republic that Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s Action Group carried out, will be incomparable with what will be witnessed this year. Family members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) across Biafraland will most assuredly, totally boycott this presidential election to the bewilderment of many. The following questions should be posited before all those who want to know it’s effect, viz:
(1) Of what benefit was the election boycott of African National Congress (ANC) led by Nelson Mandela during the apartheid regime in South Africa?
(2) What was the result of the election boycott carried out by the Independent Movement of Mahatma Gandhi of India during their independence struggle from British colonialism?
(3) What was the effect of election boycott in Nigeria carried out by Action Group led by Chief Obafemi Awolowo in 1964?
If the mischief makers and dwarfs of history cannot answer these questions, then they should not have any right of statement in the IPOB planned election boycott of Saturday 16th February, 2019. The damning consequences of the above cited anti-election civilized/legitimate actions in some countries of the world should serve as clear examples why Biafrans should exercise their rights of choice. It is exceptionally sacrosanct and must be clinically carried out as planned by the IPOB in Biafraland, to prove both to the Nigerian government and the global community that the Biafra Independence struggle has crossed the rubicon.
Chibuike John Nebeokike
For: Radio Biafra Media