The self-acclaimed leader of the outlawed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu on Wednesday said Nigerians in the South East are free to participate in the forthcoming general elections.
Kanu had on several times urged the people of the South East to boycott the 2019 presidential election billed for February 16 and instead use the day to push for the actualisation of Biafra.
The Abia-born made is leading the secessionist group and has repeatedly said the only condition for members of the group to vote is if the federal government yields to their request.
Kanu who resurfaced in Jerusalem, Israel, October 19, 2018, said the Nigerian government must conduct a referendum for the Igbos to determine whether they want to be part of Nigeria or not.
Recall that IPOB had said the election boycott will be a statement on the Biafran struggle.
According to a statement released earlier, 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, the IPOB leader declared that those who wish to renew their “slave status in Nigeria” are free to participate in the coming elections.
In a tweet, Kanu, however, reiterated his earlier call for sit-at-home order during the presidential election on February 16.
He wrote: “We in #IPOB recognise that freedom fighting is about philosophical purity and ideological consistency not pandering to political short-termism.
“Those that wish to renew their slave status in #Nigeria are free to vote.
“On February 16, 2019, #SitAtHome in Biafraland.”