Mazi Nnamdi Kanu the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has called off the proposed boycott of the 2019 general election.
Kanu had urged the Igbos not to participate in the polls until certain conditions were met.
In a tweet Thursday night, Kanu explained reason for the change of stance.
He said: “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.”
Meanwhile, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Defence Staff, 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.”
Nwannekaenyi “Nnamdi” Kenny Okwu Kanu (born September 1967) is a British-Nigerian political activist. He is a leading member of one of several Biafran separatist organisations, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which advocates a sovereign state for the Igbo speaking people of Nigeria as well as those from the south-south region of Nigeria.
Kanu is the director of a London-based radio station named; Radio Biafra. Kanu was arrested on treason charges in Lagos on 14 October 2015 and was detained in a Nigerian jail without trial for more than a year-and-a-half, despite various court orders that ruled for his release. When in court, Kanu appeared regularly wearing a Jewish prayer shawl and head covering.
He said in court that he “believes in Judaism” and considers himself a Jew. On 28 April 2017 Kanu was released from prison on bail.
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