By Chimaobi Nwaiwu
Nnewi—A coalition of pro Biafran groups yesterday expressed disappointment over the conduct and result of the 2019 Presidential election saying that “what passed Saturday as Presidential and National Assembly elections can best be described as a sham and at best,a rape of democracy.
A voter casts his ballot at a polling station in a IDP camp in Maiduguri on February 23, 2019 as Nigerians began voting for a new president after a week-long delay that has raised political tempers, sparked conspiracy claims and stoked fears of violence. – Some 120,000 polling stations began opening from 0700 GMT, although there were indications of a delay in the delivery of some materials and deployment of staff, AFP reporters said. (Photo by AFP)
“The group comprises Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB; Eastern Peoples’ Congress, EPC; Igbo Youth Cultural and Restoration Initiative, IYCRI; Bilie Human Rights Initiative,BHRI;Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria, MOBIN; Salvation People of Biafra, SP; World Union of Biafran Scientists, WUBS; Shadow Government of Biafra, SGB; Biafran National Liberation Council, BNLC; Biafran Revolutionary Organisation,BRO; Biafran Liberation Crusade, BLC; Joint Revolutionary Council of Biafra, JRCB; Biafra Revolutionary Force, BRF; Customary Government of Biafra, CGB; Biafran Intellectual Clergy Forum, BICF; Biafra Movement for Sovereignty,BIAMOS; Biafran Central Council, BCC and Biafran United Liberation Council, BULCO.
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The group in a statement by Comrade Uchenna Madu, for MASSOB; Nwada Eberechukwu Anigbogu, MOBIN; Innocent Amadi, BHRI; Mazi Okechukwu Orji,EPC, on behalf of the coalition expressed disappointment over Nigeria’s inability to conduct free and fair elections during the presidential and National Assembly elections.
It said: “It is a disappointment that Nigeria could not conduct a mere national election in this 21sth century. What passed last Saturday as a presidential and National Assembly elections can best be described as an exercise in idiocy and a rape of democracy.
“Each day, Nigerian states help us in consolidating our argument as Biafrans that Nigeria is a dysfunctional country.What is more annoying is the blame game targeted against Biafrans whenever Nigeria goes on one of its useless spins.
“This time around, it is the sacred blood of Biafrans that they have sacrificed for a worthless exercise called an election. Throughout the preparation, campaigns and eventual execution of the fraud they called elections, Biafrans’ blood were shed not only in Biafraland but across the nation.
“We wish to place it on notice that no single Biafran blood shed will be in vain. Assuredly, a detailed dossier of these perpetrators is being religiously updated. At its full-time and season, we will bring the perpetrators to justice. If Nigerian constitution guarantees freedom of choice, why kill Biafrans in the quest to exercise the freedom constitution guaranteed them?
“The coalition of Biafran groups will not stand by and watch a repeat performance of 1966. Never! If you think you can intimidate millions of Biafran citizens earning their legitimate daily bread outside of Biafraland, you are joking.”