NNAMDI KANU CALLS OFF THE I.P.O.B ELECTIONS BOYCOTT AS HIS DEMANDS WERE MET
[This is a Breaking News/ developing Story and we shall have more as it evolves.]
THe Leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (I.P.O.B), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has today, the 14th day of February, 2019 called off the elections boycott that he called for to protest the ill treatment of Nigeria’s Easterners. He had earlier said he submitted a list of demands to the “powers that be” and that when those demands are met, he would call off the boycott. Chief among them are 1) Opening up the Calabar Seaport. 2. Opening up the Port Harcourt (Igwe Ocha) seaport.
He confirmed through his Twitter handle, @MaziNnamdiKanu that the preconditions he set forth had been met and so the need to call off the boycott. The tweet reads,
“Having confirmed this evening that all our preconditions and terms have been met, signed, sealed and delivered; I hereby call-off the election boycott across Biafraland on Feb. 16, 2019. I dedicate this historic victory to the formidable #IPOB family worldwide.”
Having confirmed this evening that all our preconditions and terms have been met, signed, sealed and delivered; I hereby call-off the election boycott across Biafraland on Feb. 16, 2019. I dedicate this historic victory to the formidable #IPOB family worldwide.
— Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (@MaziNnamdiKanu) February 14, 2019
Kanu had in recent weeks and days come under a lot of fire for his stance of ‘No elections in Biafraland’ especially at a time when most people from Eastern Nigeria who are mostly of ethnic Igbo extraction and Practice mostly Christianity, Judaism and traditional religions had become weary of the leadership style and skills of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, an ethnic Fulani man who, amongst other things, has been accused of incompetence and bias against non Fulanis and non muslims. The demand for change amongst the people from the East has gotten very very high and most people looked forward to electing Atiku who is seen as more moderate and and a good and successful business man.
H.E Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra state, an ethnic Igbo and a christian was picked by Abubakar Atiku, an Ethnic Fulani Muslim (considered to be very moderate) to be his Vice President and it was a very welcoming and popular choice among Nigerians especially those of Eastern Nigeria extractions. Obi is widely seen as perhaps the most honest among Nigerian Politicians, a smart business man and so a good fit for change.
Nnamdi Kanu was jailed on treason charges on his arrival in Nigeria from London in 2015, released in 2017 and has since been more popular that he ever was. The military invaded his home in the fall of 2017 and killed several people in the process. He was thought to have been killed in the attack or to have been held by the military who denied holding him. In the Fall of 2018, he resurfaced in Israel to the surprise of many around the world and has since made several broadcasts through his Radio Biafra platform. He is also a Citizen of Great Britain and recently just got back to London where he’s lived for many years.
Diaspora Optics and Elections Optics, Elections monitoring Teams founded by Val Frakas Mo’Fire Amadi are on the ground in many Nigerian Cities and polling zones reported light celebrations among the youth at entertainment pockets as the news of the boycott is circulated.
Asari Dokubo, Nnia Nwodo, Ugochukwu Nwaokoro, Deputy Mayor of the City of Newark, New Jersey, USA and a few others were among the people that took to the media to rebuff the Kanu boycott calls and encourage the people to vote without fear. Here’s a recent We4WeREPORTS.com interview with Ugochukwu Nwaokoro [http://we4wereports.com/exclusive-no-boycotts-newark-nj-usa-dep-mayor-wonders-who-nnamdi-kanu-works-for/]
The leader of the Igbo Solidarity Movement, Igwe Nkem Onumarah says it’s a welcoming development as it’s always the goal of the Igbo Solidarity Movement to have a “secure environment for our people to exercise their voting rights and to make sure the votes count”. Ugochukwu “Yugos Benjamin” Onyiriuka, Innocent “Stormy” Ukazu, Amadi C Amadi, Eberechi Okeke, who are all members of the Igbo Solidarity also welcome the development.