He had said that the only condition for members of the outlawed group to vote was if the federal government yielded to its demand a referendum.
Concise News understands that Kanu who resurfaced in Jerusalem, Israel, October 19, 2018, said the Nigerian government must conduct a referendum for the Igbo to determine whether they want to be part of Nigeria or not.
Recall that IPOB had said the election boycott will be a statement of intent about the Biafran struggle.
According to a statement released last year, he said, “in order to live as free men under God in a new republic of Biafra, we must not only stay indoors on the 16th of February 2019, we must ensure that Biafraland is completely locked down and anybody or family found outside on election day will perpetually suffer the ignominy of being labelled a traitor; a burden that family will bear till eternity.”
However, in a tweet Thursday night, Kanu explained that the reason for the change of stance was because the federal government had met the group’s conditions and terms.
He wrote: “Having confirmed this evening that all our preconditions and terms have been met, signed, sealed and delivered; I hereby call-off the election boycott across Biafraland on Feb. 16, 2019.
“I dedicate this historic victory to the formidable. #IPOB family worldwide.”
Having confirmed this evening that all our preconditions and terms have been met, signed, sealed and delivered; I hereby call-off the election boycott across Biafraland on Feb. 16, 2019. I dedicate this historic victory to the formidable #IPOB family worldwide.
— Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (@MaziNnamdiKanu) February 14, 2019
In a related development, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, has warned that no form of intimidation or harassment would be tolerated on election days.
A statement he signed on Thursday said: “Members of the public are also advised to disregard the call to stay at home on the day of the election being circulated in some parts of the country.
“The stay-at-home leaflets being circulated and similar on-line messages are part of the handiwork of mischief makers who are bent on scuttling the process and should be ignored.
“I want to assure the general public that the security services are prepared to support the Police to ensure safe conduct of the elections.”