Why Nnamdi Kanu cannot stop Anambra election - Biafra female activist
- Nnamdi Kanu's former aide insisted the IPOB leader cannot stop Anambra election
- Ezenwanyi Eberechukwu Anigbogu who is also leader of MOBIN, a group canvassing for political means of agitation, said the use of political power is the only way to achieving Biafra
- She said Biafrans are tired of weaklings as political leaders, hence, Kanu should see participation in the coming Anambra election as a way of electing a governor who is sympathetic to the cause of Biafra
A day after Biafran Reformation Movement criticized Nnamdi Kanu's call for boycott of Anambra election, the director general of the Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN), and former aide to the IPOB leader under Radio Biafra, Ezenwanyi Eberechukwu Anigbogu told newsmen that Kanu has no power to stop elections in southeastern Nigeria.
Her statements came on the heels of a vigorous campaign by Nnamdi Kanu's faction of the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) for a boycott of elections in Anambra state.
Anigbogu who was responding to questions in Awka at the weekend stated that the mission of her organisation, MOBIN was to mobilize Biafrans to vie for political positions, or to vote for those who are vying, in order to sack politicians who do not believe in Biafra.
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She said: "Nnamdi Kanu should be aware that Biafrans are hungry for good governance. Biafrans are tired of governors who only shed crocodile tears when Fulani herdsmen kill their families without taking any action. Biafrans are tired of governors who sit and watch while unarmed, protesting Biafrans are being shot on the streets.
"Biafrans are tired of weaklings who pay allegiance to Emirates and sultanates of the north in order to oppress their own people. We are raising an army of Biafra conscious politicians to take over the political space of Biafraland, and sack them all. We are raising politicians who think, talk and act Biafra.
"We have discussed with him (Kanu) to see reasons why Biafra, as a matter of urgency, needs its own sons and daughters in power. We will not allow Fulani military administrators become the administrator in Anambra when their is chaos here.
"We will not allow people who who don't have value for our lives rule over us and kill us. Kanu cannot stop the take over of this land by Umu Biafra. I am Ada(daughter of the land), and I speak the voice of my ancestors. Kanu cannot stand in the way of the same Biafra he and I have worked together to achieve. He must understand this.
Speaking further, she said: "We are sure a core Biafran will win the elections come November 2017, that is the starting point. As soon as we have a pro Biafran or a Biafran activist as the governor of Anambra state, that automatically means that we have gotten one state out of core Igbo states for Biafra. From here, we will begin to spread our tentacle. Come 2019, we hope to have core Biafrans as governors of Ebonyi, Enugu, Abia, Imo, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Bayelsa and Rivers states.
Anigbogu, who was also the first female leader of the IPOB Worldwide argued that the call for referendum by Kanu was too premature, since the area she describes as Biafraland is very politically weak.
She said: "You see, once you rush into referendum, it is sure to be hijacked by the same elements who describe we Biafran activists as riffraff. You have to get them out of power and replace them with politicians who are Biafra-conscious. Of course you know that referendum is a political process, you cannot just come out and you are singing referendum, without any plans, maybe setting out a process of achieving it. Referendum is politics and politics is referendum.
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"One thing you have to know is that we are Biafrans who are still living in Nigeria. As long as we are living in Nigeria, and we want to go, there are methods to use. One is that we have to prepare for referendum. We have a Biafran national political party, and we will have to register and have our voters card, because it's this voters card that we will use to register during referendum.
"The United Nations will not just come into Biafraland and bring people together. There must be a process. If you look at Scotland, who are also calling for sovereignty from Britain, there is a Scottish national party who involve in, and win political positions. If we have adopted the United Progressive Party(UPP) as the Biafran national party, when the time of referendum comes, it's through that process.
She also wondered why Kanu would expect Nigeria to fix a date for referendum, when it's clear that they don't like to see the emergence of a Biafran state.
"Nigeria cannot even call for referendum because it's not they who want freedom. Biafrans must build their own political space, Biafrans must design a coherent political environment that is acceptable in the comity of nations. It's only when there is such a political climate that the same Biafrans will constitute a political process for referendum, supervised by the United Nations, ECOWAS, AU, and other such organisations.
"Of course, Nigeria will play a role, but they will only be campaigning and lobbying for people not to vote for exit. MOBIN is building that political environment, just like Catalonia and Scotland have done. But Biafrans are more focused, resolute, determined and united in our quest for freedom, so, we have absolute faith that in no distant time, the fruits of today's efforts will bring smiles to the faces of all Biafrans," she added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported the Biafran Reformation Movement (BRM) had put a clog in the reported progress of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu.
The BRM, on Monday July 24, while Kanu was relishing some support in Ebonyi state, said the IPOB leader was carrying out actions dangerous to the interest of the Igbo people. While speaking with journalists in Enugu, the leader of the group, Mr Ndubuisi Igwekani, said Kanu’s call for the boycott of Anambra election was ill-mannered.
He said Kanu was behaving like an enemy to the Igbo people adding that the forthcoming election in Anambra state must hold.
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