Election Boycott, The Will Of Biafrans And The Hypocrisy Of Nigerians
By Ikeyahkadibia Onyeji
For Family Writers Press
In line with democratic principles, Biafrans massively boycotted the charade of an election that took place in Anambra State yesterday. On the other hand, the Nigerian print and TV media are doing all they can, to manufacture an alternative reality where 20 party agents will become 20,000 electorates. "Government magic" is what the legendary musician, Fela Anikulapo Kuti used to call it.
"Government Magic" is using pictures of voters, in Hijab and Babariga from past elections in 2011 and 2015, to paint a fake reality that there was election in Anambra State. The will of the people of Biafra, in embarking on civil disobedience through election boycott and sit at home, that are also in line with democratic principles to reject tyranny and illegality can not be over emphasized, as it has since bedeviled the Nigerian state and has also left her in comatose. Civil disobedience is a tool used by citizens of a country to register disaffection towards unfavorable government policies that are oppressively disheartening, thereby bending the hand of the government into a round table discussion for redress.
Biafrans have for a while now made it clear to the Nigerian State that they are no longer comfortable with existing in this lopsided and damnable country. In true democratic spirit, Biafrans want to exit Nigeria via an internationally recognized referendum, but the hypocrisy and the evil nature of the Nigerian state, turned the call for a peaceful referendum into a call for war. Whenever Biafran youths matched in the streets on a peaceful protest, they are gunned down, arrested and many incarcerated and leveled with bogus and trump-up allegations. While all these happened, the political leaders maintained a dangerous silence that was disheartening as it was disgusting. Probably because they are too scared to speak up for fear of losing their avenue of looting for their stomach infrastructure. Some of them, in typical Nigerian hypocritical style, hid their fears in what they called "Calls for Regional Autonomy " or Restructuring, because they were too scared to stand up for the truth, that the people demands a sovereign nation of Biafra. Some of these political hooligans even connived with Arewa politicians and Arewa dominated Nigerian Army to massacre Biafran youths unabatedly with impunity.
So on election day, Biafrans decided to take their sovereignty back. Biafrans can not keep voting for people who cannot provide them with basic infrastructure and still connive with the enemies to murder them for demanding a free Biafran state, hence the call to boycott all the Nigerian fraudulent elections beginning with the Anambra State governorship election yesterday, which was massively adhered to by Biafrans.
However, democratic expert Robert McConnell in his magnum opus, "The Rules of Order", outlined various principles that governs democracy and it's practices. One of them is that "All members of the society are equal—they have equal rights and responsibilities." The same way the politicians feel they have the right to kill Biafrans and stand for election afterwards, is the same way Biafrans reserve the right to civil disobedience by refusing to participate in the election until the people's demand for a referendum is granted.
As Biafrans we are natural apostles of democracy and our DNA abhors tyranny, oppressive rule by a minority and mindless leaders. That is why we chose the part of civil disobedience in our quest for freedom.
Robert McConnell also advanced the theory that in a democracy "Leaders come from the people through an election process which is fair and not slanted, so a favored group can control the organization. When a leader’s term of office ends, he or she returns to the people who can decide to give him a new mandate or not... Civil disobedience in a bid to address societal grievance is not abnormal", hence it is a veritable tool in the hands of the oppressed.
With the aforementioned quote, those who seek to brainwash people that civil disobedience is an aberration in a democracy are put to shame. That is why they were shamelessly buying votes and using cooked rice to entice geriatric members of the electorate to cast their ballots.
Nigerians love to pride themselves on how they love democracy and it's values but in their hypocrisy that is deeply rooted in atavistic hatred for Biafrans, they will rather cheer on tyranny than watch the will of the people prevail.
Having said that, Biafrans through yesterday's election boycott have made their will known to the world. It was a 98 percent successful boycott. Even the politicians were falling over themselves in desperation to buy votes with cash and food. A scene which I'm sure the international observers witnessed.
Yesterday was our "spiritual Referendum". It was symbolic as well. Anambra the first son was given a task to liberate his siblings and he did not fail. In the coming moments a lot of electoral and judicial shenanigans that will make joke of rule of law and democracy will start emanating. The Nigerian print and TV media in the typical nauseating hypocrisy that is congenitally Nigerian, will turn ten votes into a thousand votes in the sense that, where they were lucky to get a hundred votes they will multiply it into a million votes. No Nigerian media will ever agree that Biafrans massively boycotted the festival of lies and illegality they called Nigerian elections which is a legitimate endorsement for corrupt leadership. They will refuse to blow out trumpet of victory for Biafrans for a job well done, but we will blow it ourselves. They will refuse to tell our true story, yes, we do not care. We will tell the world our story and rightly so.
They will use photos of previous elections, of people queuing to cast their votes, including people wearing hijab and babariga, LASTMA officials and ballot boxes marked 2010 or 2015, in a bid to deceive the gullible, that is fake representation and reportage on the side of the Nigerian brown envelope media outlets. Disregard their fake news with zest, or you can observe in comic amazement as people who claim to uphold the rule of law indulge in petty lying to advance evil and suppress the will of the people. Whatever systematic evil they come up with, it just advances our point further--that Nigeria is a satanic empire that Biafrans must exit as soon as possible in other that our future generations might see the light, and live in a society they will be proud to call their own. It will prove our point further, that Nigeria is an expensive joke of a century, a monumental fraud orchestrated by the British colonialists and peopled by human beings who survive on a diet of lies and hypocrisy.
Finally, in the coming days it will look as if nothing is happening. "What next after the boycott? " I hear many people ask. The legendary Nelson Mandela (God bless his soul) made us realise that the road to freedom is a long walk. It is not an easy road to trade on. It is the part less travelled but it eventually leads the traveller to his destination in the end. That is the part we have chosen and it will lead us to the promise land in the end.
Until then, Biafrans in Anambra kweenu! Yaaaa!
Kweezuo nu oo! Iseeeeeee
Edited by Ebere Okolie
For Family Writers Press
Here are reports coming from all round Anambra state at the moment from on ground Family Writers Press correspondents. It is of no doubt that the Anambra gubernatorial election will be massively boycotted by the people of Anambra as the situation on ground now is depicting.
Anambra is totally locked down as the street and polling units deserted. The only people seen moving around are Nigerian security personnels; the Army, the Police, the Navy and the Civil Defense Corps. In the polling units the electoral official seen there at the moment. Let's watch as the situation unfolds.
LIVE IN NNOBI Nigerian military are are seen all around every corner intimidating, molesting and torturing civilians forcing them to come and vote. People are busy scampering for safety as the torture is becoming unbearable. Many were seen running into their houses and locking themselves up to avoid the ongoing intimidation and torture by men of Nigerian army. Police is also patrolling around the deserted streets and polling units as nobody has come out to vote at the moment. Also the electoral official is ready waiting for people to come and vote
LIVE IN IHIALA The environment in Ihiala is conducive as people are all indoors. The streets are empty and the polling units are deserted. Election will be massively boycotted in Ihiala.
LIVE IN NJIKOKA L.G.A In Njikoka LGA, precisely in Igwebuike polling unit, the Nigerian Police were seen sharing huge amount of money between themselves. Only the Policemen were seen sharing N10,000. There were last seen by our correspondent, having an argument with their Superintendent (see attached pics) that the cash should be increased to N25,000.
Information from a reliable source revealed the money they are currently sharing among themselves, is the money given to them by the gubernatorial aspirants to use and bribe, lobby and woo people into voting. To their greatest surprise nobody is coming out for the election so they have resolved in sharing the Money among themselves.
The areas of Ekwulobia, Orumba north and others are in total lock down as people have started preparing their ofe nsala as they are observing their sit-at-home exercise as commanded by IPOB highest leadership chamber. Biafrans outside Anambra are already in anticipation that election will be fully boycotted in Anambra, from the reports we are getting at the moment. Stay glued for more updates coming to you from the stable of Family Writers Press.
- The Biafra Herald
If Biafrans in Anambra didn't know before, here is confirmation that the whole world is looking up IPOB to prove that we are serious about Biafra. Every major news outlet in the world is carrying this news so we must let our fallen heroes down. We must lock down Anambra State on Saturday as a true sign that we are ready to abandon the Zoo to hyenas and jackals from the North. Remember those in prison, those in detention facilities, and those in the grave, those who are injured and bereaved families. We must prove to their sacrifice was not in vain.
We boycott Anambra elections on Saturday and we are a free people. If in doubt read the attached article below.
Nigeria state election security tightened after 'Biafran boycott' call
This file photo taken on May 30, 2017 shows residents gathering around a news stand where daily papers are displayed in Old Market Road in Onitsha. Voters in Anambra State, southeast Nigeria, go to the polls this weekend to elect a new governor.
Voters in Anambra State, southeast Nigeria, go the polls to elect a new governor this weekend, with security tight after a call from a pro-Biafran group for people to boycott the polls.
The result of Saturday's election is unlikely to change anything politically at the national level but proceedings are being watched closely because of what analysts have said are "unprecedented" measures to stop unrest.
Nigeria's federal police said it is sending 26,000 extra police officers, including counter-terrorism and bomb disposal specialists, and sniffer and attack dogs.
Three surveillance helicopters will monitor proceedings from the air, while there will be 10 gunboats on the River Niger, plus 15 armoured personnel carriers and 303 patrol vehicles.
security and safety of lives and properties before, during and after the elections".
"Police personnel deployed for the election are under strict instructions to be polite and civil but firm in the discharge of their duties and other responsibilities," it added.
But the tactics are being seen as heavy handed.
"This is an unprecedented deployment. It's an aberration. It's like we are in a war situation. For God's sake, this is an election," security consultant Don Okereke told AFP.
"It will be counter-productive as there will be voter apathy, which will lead to low turnout of voters and the election of unpopular candidates."
Some 37 parties are fielding candidates in Anambra to try to wrest power from Governor Willie Obiano, of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, who is seeking a second term.
The leading contenders are Oseloka Obaze, of the main national opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Tony Nwoye of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
But Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is the most well-known name as the polls prepare to open.
This file photo taken on May 26, 2017 shows political activist and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement, Nnamdi Kanu, in his home in Umuahia, southeast Nigeria, before the commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the war on May 30. Voters in Anambra State, southeast Nigeria, go to the polls on November 18, 2017 to elect a new governor. Although Kanu is the most well-known candidate in the poll, he is missing and IPOB has asked people to boycott the poll. PHOTO | STEFAN HEUNIS | AFP
In September, long-running tensions between his supporters and the military boiled over after soldiers were sent in large numbers to the neighbouring state of Abia.
The military maintained the deployment was part of a scheduled operation against violent crime but IPOB claimed it was clearly aimed at cracking down on their activities.
Kanu, who is on bail and facing treason charges, has not been seen since September 14. His family maintains he is in military custody, which top brass deny.
IPOB has held repeated protests calling for a separate state for the Igbo people who dominate southeast Nigeria, reviving secessionist sentiment that led to a civil war 50 years ago.
Then, more than one million people died from the effects of war, starvation and disease. Resentment towards the federal government has persisted across generations.
Kanu told AFP in May that his aim was "civil disobedience until we get a referendum" on self-determination and said it was "the only way forward".
On May 30, IPOB's call for a shut-down of shops, schools and businesses to mark the 50th anniversary of the declaration of Biafran independence was widely observed, including in Anambra.
This file photo taken on May 30, 2017 shows an empty highway running past the Ogbaru Market in Onitsha during a shutdown in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Nigerian Civil War. On May 30, IPOB's call for a shut-down of shops, schools and businesses to mark the 50th anniversary of the declaration of Biafran independence was widely observed, including in Anambra. AFP PHOTO | STEFAN HEUNIS | AFP
It said a boycott of this weekend's polls was made to prevent bloodshed.
"This is markedly different from stopping the election, which involves physically coming out to disrupt the voting process... violently," it said in a statement.
It condemned what it said was the "militarisation" of Anambra and claimed that with the reinforcements there would be "one polling station to 11 heavily armed security personnel".
"This militarisation is the more reason why Biafrans have decided unanimously to stay at home and boycott the election and avoid being shot and killed," it added.
The police meanwhile have urged voters to ignore the IPOB boycott and vote, warning the group that it would "not hesitate to use all legal means" to prevent any disruption.
Dapo Thomas, a history and politics lecturer at Lagos State University, said the government had responded appropriately because IPOB's call for a boycott was a "threat".
"The government does not want to take chances. That's why it has sent special forces, not only to protect those willing to vote but also to flex its muscles," he added.
Political analyst Chris Ngwodo said a show of force was to be expected because of President Muhammadu Buhari's military background and his government's designation of IPOB as a terrorist organisation.
But he said the situation could become "very combustible" if there is a push-back between the parties against electoral irregularities on either side with IPOB in the mix.