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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

GIVE US BIAFRA OR NO 2019 ELECTION - BIAFRA AGITATORS

Biafra agitators plan boycott of 2019 general elections

•A coalition of pro-Biafra agitators are insisting on boycotting the 2019 polls if the Biafra Republic is not achieved

•The group is having meetings in Asaba, Ibusa and other parts of the Delta state to perfect the plot

•The agitators says their involvement in the election will only further enslave them to the Nigerian state

A group of pro-Biafra agitators in the south-east and south-south of the country are planning a massive boycott of the 2019 general elections if Biafra Republic is not realised.

The group which is known as the Lower Niger Congress (LNC) has insisted the if the Biafra Republic is not achieved, it will shun the 2019 polls.

The group has reportedly been having series of meetings in the Asaba, Ibusa and other parts of the Delta state with a view to carrying out the plan.

“We will not participate in the 2019 general elections unless we achieve our Biafra State. We will resist the polls. Nigeria, as a country, is sick. We are not going to take laws into our hands but we will call the bluff of the election," Tony Okonkwo, a top member of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) told the Guardian in Asaba.

Similarly, another prominent member of the group, Tony Nnadi, maintained that the Igbos will not be part of the 2019 poll.

He said their involvement in the election will only further enslave them.

“We are not talking about boycott. We are going to prevent the preparation towards any further election under the 1999 Constitution. We must now go for a referendum,” Tony Nnadi who doubles as the secretary-general of the LNC said.

Meanwhile, the acting president on Tuesday, June 13, began consultations with leaders of thought from the North and warned that the government would deal decisively with persons who make hate speeches or attempt to disrupt the peace of the country.

The meeting was sequel to the calls for secession by youth from different ethnic groups in the country resulting in some asking others to vacate their enclave before Oct. 1.

The Acting President noted that was not what the country desired at this time and urged those involved to desist or face the full weight of law.

He said the government was determined to ensure the unity of the country along the lines of our constitution.

The acting president recalled that in the past few weeks there were louder noises from the youth population which the leaders should not condone.

According to him there are people who may deride such speeches and others who may say that the hate speeches which show intolerance and promote division are not important and should be ignored.

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