Biafra: How Igbo Politicians Destroyed Atiku’s Chances; The Nnamdi Kanu Effect

By Nelson Ofokar Yagazie | This article was first published by The Biafra Times , and republished by The Biafra Post| April 20, 2019

Atiku Abubakar, shaking hand with Ohanaeze President, Chief Nwodo
Recall that at the reappearance of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in Jerusalem after thirteen months of incommunicado – a depressing period forced upon him by the military invasion of his home aimed at silencing him forever – IPOB’s primary occupation was the unmasking of the Sudanese impostor in Aso Rock, Jubril Aminu Al-Sudani who, by the design of the Fulani cabal spearheaded by Abba Kyari, has been impersonating the late president, Muhammadu Buhari, since the first half of 2017. Yes, IPOB stood on its declaration of election boycott – a principle adopted and followed since 2015. Nevertheless, the principal was never targeted at any individual or political party; it was solely meant to force Nigeria’s hand in the group’s demand for a referendum date. We will reconnect to this later.

At the buildup to the 2019 Nigeria election, a day or two after the call-off of election boycott by the supreme leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), a friend asked me, “Now that your leader has called off the boycott, who do you folks support in the presidential race?” I told my friend that IPOB has no candidate and that our leader merely called off our official stand on boycott, freeing whosoever wants to participate to do so. I told him that our leader asked members who would like to vote to go for the candidate of their choice. My friend hailed the wisdom in the freewill availed members and then, in his characteristic smartness, probed further, “You folks in IPOB are privy to intelligent reports; who do your secret intelligence inform will emerge winner in the presidential poll?” I laughed – the type locally dubbed “laughing in Latin.” Did my friend really think if I had any intelligent report I was going to share it with him? If I did, then I am not worth being confided in. In fact, it would amount to treachery. I shook my head, laughed again “in Latin” and said to him, “Brother, I have no intelligent report on that. But if asked my personal assessment, then I will say Jubril will be returned to power, for the only opportunity Atiku had is the Jubril Factor, but then, PDP spoilt that chance when they attacked IPOB and its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.”

Elucidating, I explained that the APC cabal are set to rig their way back to the presidential villa, and will not relinquish power except something monumental is unleashed on them. To claim power from them therefore, Atiku would have to threaten them with telling Nigerians that Kanu is right about Jubril, relaying every piece of information he has on the impersonation plot, and then, putting the final nail in the coffin by demanding the impostor’s DNA test.

My friend argued the typical Nigerian way, doubting the verisimilitude of the Jubril saga and playing down the seriousness of Atiku’s background. Well, today things are unfolding and he is getting wiser.

As mentioned earlier in the opening paragraph, IPOB was focusing on the unmasking of Jubril until PDP, mainly the Igbo stalwarts, fearing that Kanu’s call for election boycott will ground the entire Biafra land, launched serious verbal attacks on IPOB and its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Using different media platforms, these self-serving politicians whose primary concern is political appointments and contracts, did all they could to discredit the IPOB leader and mislead the poor masses on the potency of election boycott and the attendant gains. Taking advantage of the hunger in the land, they recruited thousands of unemployed youths who took to social media, ridiculing not just the idea of election boycott, but also the originator, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and his free-state agitating group, IPOB. The misery of hunger laced in mental ineptitude really showcased its lethalness in black African societies as these recruited poor minds fought dirty against the very thing that was meant to save them.

As lyrically recited by the late reggae legend, Robert Nesta Marley, an ancient saying asserts, “to every little action, there is a reaction.” Late iconic scientist, Isaac Newton, corroborated this when in his Third Law of Motion he stated, “Action and reaction are equal and opposite.” The uncharitable actions of Igbo PDP chieftains drew the ire of IPOB, placing the group’s attention heavily on the party and its flag bearer, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. Their chapter was then opened and in the process, the bullet that killed Atiku’s dream was fired. Atiku’s background was dug out – a background that constitutionally robs him of every hope of emerging Nigeria’s number one citizen.

Returning blow for blow, the enigmatic leader of Indigenous people of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, shocked the world with Atiku’s place of birth, date of birth, and the very process that made him a Nigerian citizen, juxtaposing these revelations with the constitutional provisions on one becoming the president of Nigeria. Born in 1946 in Jada, a town belonging to Northern Cameroon, Atiku became a Nigerian through a plebiscite held in 1961.But Nigerian constitution clearly states that to qualify to run for the office of the president, one must be a Nigerian by birth.

The point here is not being a citizen or not as most people mistakenly argue, the point is being born a citizen or not. Atiku and his people became citizens after the plebiscite of 1961, no doubt. But Atiku was born before that plebiscite, meaning he was not born a Nigerian, and Nigerian constitution clearly spelt one must be born a Nigerian to qualify for its most coveted political seat. It is rather lugubrious that many a legal practicing folk are still in the dark as regards this matter, but then, education in Nigeria is a scam. The difference between Atiku and his kids should be noted however, for while his children are born Nigerians, Atiku is not.

At the time of Kanu’s revelation, the APC power players who it has now come to be known, are ardent listeners of Radio Biafra, recognizing the potency of this weapon, took it into their arsenal but made no public reference to it, waiting patiently for the right time to strike. Fully equipped now, the cabal went into the election orchestrating the most monumental of all election frauds. They did not bother if it is glaring to the world or not; they already have a lethal weapon with which to quell any form of contention – the ineligibility of Atiku to run for the presidency, a constitutional weapon served them by Nnamdi Kanu.

It should be noted that had PDP not attacked IPOB, Kanu wouldn’t have dug out Atiku’s background in relation to the constitutional provisions, and if he hadn’t dug that out, the APC would have been sparing in their rigging, and if they had been sparing in their rigging, Atiku certainly would have emerged winner. And if in their desperation, APC had still gone on with massive rigging, Atiku, with all the evidences at his disposal, would have reclaimed victory at the tribunal as the APC wouldn’t have been in possession of such lethal arsenal now being employed to stop him. But the Igbo politicians in PDP did the damage. It was them that, cuing behind Peter Obi and fearing that Kanu’s call for boycott would greatly undermine their chances, launched diatribes at the IPOB leader – one mistake too many, for that single action midwifed the firing of the ferret that sunk Atiku totally.

Editor/Publisher: Chinwe Korie
Twitter: @ckorie17


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