Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) leader Ralph Uwazuruike has announced plans to set up a parallel government in the South-East and South-South part of the country.
Uwazuruike, who was named Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu’s successor and crowned ‘Ezeigbo’ said this during the presentation of the 2016 Biafra Budget at the Ojukwu Memorial library.
According to him, the polls will hold on February 22 into wards, provinces, districts, regions and zones of the South-East and South-South.
“In line with our principle of non-violence towards establishing a sovereign control over the territorial boarders of the New Biafra, a Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Samuel Aniebonam has been appointed the Chairman of Biafra Independent National Electoral Commission, (B-INEC).
The Chairman, with other anointed men and women of God as members, will supervise the internal election into the offices of the new Biafra Government on February 22.”
Our election will not be like Nigeria’s election, it will be a transparent one. In Biafra, there won’t be electoral fraud. The tenure of the elected Regional Governor or Minister would be four years and nine months. There shall be no second tenure.
Once you are defeated, you won’t appeal in a tribunal against your opponent. This is why members of the commission would be men and women of God.”
Furthermore, the MASSOB’s national director of information, Sunny Okereafor, added that the poll is in line with democratic ideals and international best practices, which Biafra is based on.
Okereafor also explained that only members of MASSOB and its parent body, the Biafra Independence Movement, (BIM), are qualified to vote and be voted for in the election.
“The electioneering has began; we are conducting elections into all offices from wards to the zones, to elect leaders to administer Biafra. We are going to show Nigeria how to conduct free and fair elections without rigging, intimidation and favoritism.
Biafra will be a country where others would come to learn how democracy works. We have already set standards. Our non-violent approach is legendary and we have received several commendations for it. We want freedom; Biafra is the answer.”
Mr. Okereafor further assured Biafrans that as soon as the elections were concluded and winners sworn in, Biafra would re-introduce its legal tender, the pounds.
Meanwhile, as federal government continues to detain the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and Director Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, Notable Nigerians especially from the South East have raised alarm on the dangerous effect it will have on the Nigerian image.
Speaking on how Kanu’s detention mars the Nigerian image, Uchenna Madu, who is one of the leaders of the MASSOB group said “his illegal detention will worsen the already battered image of Nigeria. MAASOB will never relent in identifying with Nnamdi Kanu. We shall continue to press for his release with every legitimate action supported, backed by internationally recongised law, decrees and charters. MASSOB must maintain our non-violent stance, although we have found out that the DSS wants to re-arraign him on fresh trumped-up charges which we will resist,”
The Youth Wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in a statement by its National President of OYC, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, had also appealed to Buhari, to prevail on the DSS to free the detained IPOB leader in the interest of peace.
“President Muhammadu Buhari should help save the country from unnecessary tension by prevailing on the DSS to release Kanu since the courts have discharged and acquitted him.”
OYC also called on the international communities to intervene and save Nigeria from plunging into another avoidable civil disturbance instead of coming with aids to refugee camps.