Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has said only the conduct of a referendum on personal determination in the Southeast, South-South, and some parts of the North central regions may halt Nigeria’ s slide into another ‘ civil war’.
Kanu, who stated this in a statement on Wednesday made available to journalists simply by IPOB spokesman, Comrade Emma Powerful, took a swipe at the proponents associated with restructuring and true federalism.
He said restructuring of Nigeria had defied any sensible definition, adding that true federalism is impractical in the country because one-third of the states in the federation as presently constituted have got Sharia as state religion and code of justice, which denies non-adherents of that Islamic religion certain freedoms guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution.
The IPOB leader said: “ We, the Indigenous People of Biafra have proposed and still proposing the only idea that would halt Nigeria’ s spin out of control towards bloody implosion. Our prescription is clear: Conduct A Referendum On Self-Determination for Biafrans; and indeed any other organized and cohesive group that demands this. That is the only fair way; not “ True Federalism” or “ Restructuring”.
“ To drive home our demand, IPOB will ensure that the whole land of Biafra is paralysed on whatever date they choose to contain the presidential elections. This position is irreversible unless our simple demand is fulfilled.
“ While others are busy pontificating on newspaper pages or even selling their soul to the highest bidder in Abuja, we remain on this particular long walk to a free Biafra, where black people in sub-Saharan The african continent will for the first time since colonialism, live under guaranteed freedoms and rights as opposed to the primitive arrangement people are forced to live under in Nigeria. We won’ t get there overnight.
“ But in this 2019, we will generate of our most significant strides yet to accomplish our stated mission which is to restore Biafra. We must always be guided by the reasoning that underpins our belief that Nigeria as presently constituted in unworkable.
“ By virtue of the orientation and heritage, the dominant ruling Arewa Northern Nigeria, with their feudal societal structure, is not designed to understand or practice democracy. This is one of the greatest errors early thinkers like Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe made. The social arrangement they have got in Northern Nigeria makes it impossible for their leaders that are thrust upon individuals in Nigeria to appreciate and respect democratic values such as respect for the principle of law, freedoms and liberty. These noble ideals of democracy are usually incompatible with Sharia.
“ True Federalism” particularly is obviously unrealistic in a country where twelve states have already adopted Sharia as condition religion and code of justice, which denies non-adherents of that religion specific freedoms guaranteed by the military-imposed Nigerian Constitution. Conversely, Restructuring has defied each sensible definition.
Come to think of it, was it not a government arrangement or True Federation that Nigeria had at independence but that could not survive more than six years? What then is this new true Federalism or Restructuring that will suddenly become workable when it had failed in the past as well as led to a war of attrition?
I have nothing against all those wishing to live under the Fulanised British colonial contraption called Nigeria as most Yoruba and Hausa people do.
“ What we resent is the failure or the unreasonableness of the chattering class in Nigeria to come to terms the particular inescapable realization that no country with a myriad of divergent value systems may peacefully exist as a nation state. This is elementary political philosophy.
“ Meaningful human development in Nigeria is impossible because the Fulani feudal mindset, Yoruba monarchical system and the republican disposition of Biafrans are permanently irreconcilable value systems that will ensure the unworkability of Nigeria as a nation. ”