The leader of Indigenous peoples of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has finally announced a date for the referendum scheduled to take place on the 16th of Feb 2019. It is worth noting that this is the date of the Nigeria presidential general election.
The Indigenous peoples of Biafra, IPOB, has demanded a referendum to determine the fate of millions of Biafrans and indigenous peoples trapped in British created contraption called Nigeria.
Nnamdi Kanu is said to have flown to London to put the final preparation for the upcoming referendum just as Nigerians would be going to the polls on the same day to determine their next president.
This announcement has come as a shock to many and no doubt would the Nigerian security officials scratching their heads as to what to do next.
The sudden announcement was contained in a press statement released by IPOB media and publicity secretary, comrade Emma Powerful.
It read as follows:
“We the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu wish to announce officially to the people of Biafra both home and in the diaspora, friends of Biafra and lovers of freedom that our supreme leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is currently in London to join his family and see a newborn child he hadn’t seen because of his illegal incarceration and detention since 2015.
“He will also discuss with IPOB top family members in London to finalize the way forward for Biafra referendum that will hold on February 16, 2019, along with the Nigeria presidential poll.
“IPOB Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu,’s relocation to the United Kingdom from his base in Israel was actually to perfect arrangements on Biafra referendum scheduled to hold 16th February 2019 to ascertain number of those who want Nigeria politics and those who want Biafra freedom through a peaceful and democratic process for the sovereignty of our dear nation Biafra.
“Our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is currently meeting with IPOB high command in Europe to perfect plans for the referendum which will go side by side with the February 16 presidential poll.
“On Friday last week our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu arrived Leeds airport in England where our Deputy leader Mazi Uche Mefor and other top IPOB members based in the UK received him.
“IPOB leader and other top IPOB high command are expected to meet with European Union ( EU) officials to gather more international support for the Biafra proposal.
“Recently Mazi Nnamdi Kanu had been holding “useful talks” with a number of diplomats on a successful referendum bids for Biafra on 16 February 2019, and we can assure you that the majority of them have given their assurances and the proposal has received tremendous support from many key allies who see self-determination for Biafra as the best solution to the present Nigeria problem.
“The details and outcome of the referendum on Saturday 16th February will determine the position of Biafra people in the coming weeks.
“The test will be side by side with Nigeria presidential election next month to examine how many people boycotted the forthcoming presidential election.
“On the format of the referendum, the planned boycott of the forthcoming presidential election would be a barometer to measure those who want Biafra and those who want to remain in Nigeria.
“The success of the sit-at-home order during the presidential poll in Biafra land will be a confirmation that Biafra is no longer under the bondage of one Nigeria.
“The truth is that by the time Nigeria will wake from the looming political crisis she will only discover that Biafra is already a sovereign nation.
“We are sure for peaceful and rancor-free referendum because international observers and media platforms will be on ground to monitor the exercise on that day.
“It is important we remind Nigerians once again that the on-going political developments in the country only confirm that Nigeria cannot work together as one country and Biafra must be a sovereign nation.
COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB.