Separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has declared February 16th, 2019, same day Nigeria’s presidential election will be holding, as date for the referendum to ascertain the number of Nigerians that want a separate Biafra republic.
According to Emma, the relocation of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, to the United Kingdom from his base in Israel was actually to perfect arrangements for the referendum.
The statement reads: “Our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is currently meeting with IPOB high command in Europe to perfect plans for the referendum which will go side by side with the February 16 presidential poll.
Emma went on to reveal that Kanu and other top IPOB high command are expected to meet with European Union officials to gather more international support for the Biafra cause.
“Recently Mazi Nnamdi Kanu had been holding “useful talks” with a number of diplomats on a successful referendum bids for Biafra on 16 February 2019, and we can assure you that majority of them have given their assurances and the proposal has received a tremendous support from many key allies who see self-determination for Biafra as the best solution to the present Nigeria problem,” said Emma in the statement.
He also revealed that the details and outcome of the forthcoming referendum will determine the position of Biafra people in the coming weeks.
The referendum, according to the statement, is a test deliberately set side by side on same day with Nigeria’s presidential election.
The IPOB spokesperson said IPOB’s hierarchy believes that the timing of the referendum will help determine how many people will boycott the forthcoming presidential election.
“On the format of the referendum, the planned boycott of the forthcoming presidential election would be a barometer to measure those who want Biafra and those who want to remain in Nigeria,” continues Emma Poweeful.
The IPOB spokesman revealed that the success of the sit-at-home order during the presidential poll in Biafraland will be a confirmation that Biafra is no longer under the bondage of one Nigeria.
IPOB also boasted that by the time Nigeria will wake up from the looming political crisis she will discover that Biafra is already a sovereign nation.
The separatist group also claimed that it is sure of peaceful and rancour-free referendum because international observers and reputable media agencies will be on ground to monitor the exercise.
He was first seen praying at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem with some IPOB members, who accompanied him to the place.
IPOB has since been proscribed by the Nigerian government.