He maintained IPOB’s stand on the boycott of the forthcoming basic elections in Nigeria. He demanded a referendum for Biafra exit from Nigeria, citing undue marginalisation of the individuals of the South East and elements of the South-South.
In a broadcast message he issued yesterday from his base in Israel, Kanu declared that Nigeria over the years, had failed to conduct free, truthful and credible elections, questioning “how do you count on us to vote in an election the place the end result is a forgone conclusion.”
He mentioned: “It is shameful and really unhappy for any observer of what’s occurring to the East and particularly Igbo individuals. If you aren’t mentally powerful you is perhaps tempted to throw within the towel in give up to Fulani hegemony given the conduct of some Igbo politicians. Admittedly some politicians present the potential of being dependable, nevertheless, as one clever man put it, ‘politicians are sometimes victims of linear considering and logic.’
“IPOB has proved that there are different centres of affect and energy within the East. Those hoping that Atiku will sweep Biafraland due to the Obi issue are misguided as a result of nearly each governor within the South East is working for Buhari. What a disgrace! Even Soludo of all individuals is working for Buhari.
“IPOB will not be backing down on the boycott. Never! In the quick previous few years, IPOB has confirmed that apart from politicians, there are different centres of affect and energy in South East and elements of South-South.
“So, this current path we’ve chosen – the trail of boycotting the 2019 elections – is a well-considered one geared in the direction of leaving nobody unsure that we imply business. We know that some persons are questioning what IPOB expects to gain when it refuses to take part in elections.
“I’m keenly conscious that, at first, the logic of a boycott makes little sense to many. Some have mentioned that by collaborating in elections, IPOB could have an opportunity of serving to to elect politicians amenable to self-determination and finally a referendum. Well, that’s true however solely in principle.
“In follow, expertise has proven that votes hardly rely in Nigeria; and the place they might rely, we’ve not but seen any candidate keen to decide to the adjustments we demand, such that the boycott could be reconsidered as a complete, or piecemeal for such candidate.
“Suffice it to say subsequently that it’s the actual and recurring threats to the equity of elections in Nigeria that represent one of many main causes that IPOB has chosen the trail of boycotting elections. So, in as a lot because the boycott might not reach truncating the election within the quick time period, the lengthy advantages are legion.
“The draw back of a boycott is in fact very obvious: when an election is boycotted, the incumbent is more likely to win that election. Yet, the upside is that when a well-liked mass motion such as IPOB boycotts an election, it denies the government the legitimacy derived from the results of such election. That’s sufficient for us and that’s sufficient for the worldwide neighborhood that displays these items.
“The level of what I’ve been saying is straightforward: The raging debate issuing from IPOB’s determination to boycott the 2019 elections shouldn’t be concerning the professionals and cons. Rather, those who know that the boycott will damage them ought to direct their vitality to consideration of the political concessions that may be made to IPOB to influence it to call off the boycott.
“The Nigeria they’re asking us to take part of their elections doesn’t even know the which means of separation of powers as a result of Nigeria is a backward Fulani enclave under neo-colonial affect. What I discover mentally debilitating is our incapacity as a gaggle of individuals to rise to the event and take again the facility we’ve so freely for years vested within the palms of people who find themselves not educated sufficient to carry excessive public workplace.
“The reality nonetheless remains that what occurs in Nigeria is choice not election if not why would Dave Umahi in PDP be campaigning for a murderous APC government that killed his personal individuals. Why would Wille Obiano of Anambra State, a supposed Igbo man, be campaigning so viciously against Peter Obi his mentor and godfather? We know the omnipotent INEC is owned and run by Fulani cabal under the direct supervision of Aso Rock which additionally they personal. Only INEC-announced results are considered legitimate; so, all it takes for a candidate to win is to be within the good books of the Fulani cabal working Nigeria and you’re assured success.
“It doesn’t matter what number of votes you obtain or what number of supporters you might have, the one factor that counts is who Aso Rock needs to put in energy. Edo, Ekiti and Osun states are forerunners of what’s going to turn into of the elections this year. Everybody noticed the blatant rigging and falsification of results however as Africans, we don’t care sufficient to need to right these anomalies, however we count on financial and social improvement from people who find themselves callous sufficient to subvert the electoral course of.
“The concern of underage voting in Kano hasn’t been addressed. The different thorny concern of permitting so-called IDP’s residing in Niger, Chad and Cameroons to vote within the presidential elections has been resolved in favour of APC as a result of they’ll merely write results for INEC to just accept and declare. All these are inbuilt fraud designed to ship the government in energy.
“What Nigeria is practising will not be democracy as a result of in any true democracy the legislature won’t tolerate the excesses of this Buhari administration. Now the query is why don’t individuals stand up in rise up against this mess of a government. Could or not it’s as a result of we’re all spineless cowards? The reality remains that individuals have refused to rationalise and motive very correctly.
“How do you count on us to vote in an election the place the end result is a forgone conclusion? Nepotism has been taken to a brand new height as a result of the appointment of an all unique Fulani INEC. This was the identical INEC that sanctioned the nomination of Buhari regardless of not having a verifiable WAEC certificates which for the avoidance of doubt is a prerequisite for each candidate in search of the workplace of the president of Nigeria.
“As our moms defended our land in 1929, so shall this IPOB defend our nation Biafra,” Kanu acknowledged