In the wake of the renewed agitations by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, following the resurfacing of its leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in Israel, the group has taken sides with it’s leader Kanu, against ex-leader of the Niger-Delta militants, Asari Dokubo, over the boycott of 2019 elections.
Nnamdi Kanu and the former Niger-Delta war-lord had gone at loggerheads recently when Kanu called on his people in the South-South and South-East geo-political zones to shun the 2019 general elections until the federal government releases a date for the Biafra referendum.
The call by the IPOB leader did not go down well with Asari Dokubo who condemned the planned boycotting of the 2019 elections by the igbo freedom vanguard.
Asari warned that such act will be suicidal to the group since it will further enliven the agility of those opposed to the Biafra struggle with federal resources and empowerment.
Asari in a bid to drive his point home, recalled that pro-independent agitators in Spain, Palestine and Ireland took part in elections and positioned leaders in strategic portfolios to strengthen their cause not bypassing elections.
In a statement issued by IPOB deputy leader, Uche Mefor, the group said the lectures from Dokubo on how to achieve her agenda was not needed.
Faulting Dokubo’s counsel, Uche Mefor, said: “Whether Catalonia, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Hamas, used election to control their territories or not, that is their business. Their examples are incongruent and serves no purpose in our circumstance as it stands. On our part, IPOB has taken a decision to use civil disobedience manifesting in so many ways including election boycott and that we must do.”
“We do not believe in the recalibration nor extinguishing of our averred principles on the altar of political expediency and certainly, don’t need any lectures on what or how to go about the path we have chosen.”
“Hamas started by fighting wars, IRA started by fighting wars and same with Catalonia and even Scotland and these violences gave rise to their attaining political statuses they have today. Why then are those who claim to be Biafra freedom fighters not fighting like Hamas, IRA, etc if citing them is a standard?”