The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the separatist group led by Nnamdi Kanu that is seeking the secession of southeastern Nigeria from the rest of the country, has called for a boycott of elections in the region until there is a referendum on whether the southeast should become the independent nation of Biafra.
IPOB boycotts should be taken seriously by the authorities considering how well their “stay at home” day on 30 May was observed in the southeast. The first test of the boycott’s effectiveness will be on 17 November when Anambra State votes for its governor.
An IPOB statement on the boycott said: “The era of crooked Nigerian elections and imposition of Hausa Fulani slaves in the guise of politicians in Biafraland from Abuja has gone and will never be tolerated again. Until there is an agreement for a date to democratically ascertain the will of the people of Biafra, IPOB, will campaign for a total boycott of elections”.
The statement added: “Those clamoring for one Nigeria are the same poorly educated criminal class that put Nigeria in the mess it is today. They are too lazy to do anything else or make use of their brain apart from sickening dependence on crude oil money coming from Biafraland. One Nigeria encourages laziness and criminal allocation resources to a particular section of the country.”
Incidentally, Naijiant.com has always argued that Nigerian (s)elections are a sick joke and an insult to democracy. That’s precisely why we refer to them as (s)elections – similarly, IPOB called them an “imposition”. The argument that people should take no part in such charades is a very strong one. In fact, during the last presidential (s)election, we made the case for none of the above.
However, it’s a bit rich of Kanu and his followers to be complaining about a “criminal class” that is a product of these “crooked” (s)elections. Kanu seemed to relish the time he spent in the company of many from the same “criminal class” from his detention at Kuje Prison through to his release on bail.
The roll call of shame that Kanu was hobnobbing with includes Orji Uzor Kalu, the former governor of Abia State, Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State, Femi Fani-Kayode, former aviation minister, Osita Chidoka, another former aviation minister and prospective candidate for Anambra State governor, who allegedly helped meet Kanu’s bail conditions, Charles Soludo, a former governor of the Central bank and several others.
All these people, barring none, are products of “crooked” (s)elections or worked in governments formed as a result of that crookedness and got very wealthy as a result, contributing to the mess that Kanu and co love to complain about.
The fact that Kanu saw no wrong in associating with these people while complaining about the system that produced them, shows how muddled he is in his thinking, and how his agitation for Biafra has not given much thought to avoiding the same mistakes and the same crooks that turned Nigeria into a failed state.