Mazi Nnamdi Kanu's Acceptance Speech On The Occasion Of His Election As The New Leader Of Eastern Consultative Assembly (ECA)
18th April 2017
With the greatest humility, I accept this clear demonstration of confidence you have reposed in me and wish to thank the entire membership and leadership of ECA for their doggedness in building a wonderful coalition dedicated to the defence of truth at a time when most are too terrified to stand up and be counted.
I am honoured by this election; I hope all the affiliate groups in this coalition will soon join hands with us in our peaceful and non-violent pursuit of a referendum that will allow the people decide their future.
The horrendous injustice visited on us daily by our oppressors have since gotten to a point where we can no longer tolerate the position of eternal slavery, which they carefully crafted for us and have ruthlessly executed over the years. Our children today and generations to come do not have a future.
Our youths are despondent, our once truthful and outspoken elders frightened and silenced, our politicians compromised, our leaders bought over. Our present status as race and a people is one of utter hopelessness and servitude.
Our only hope for the future lies in a peaceful plebiscite that will settle once and for all time the burning issues that confront us today.
I commend the ECA and strongly believe that I will not let you down. Once again, I say thank you for this great honour.