The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has made it clear that the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) will hold a referendum on the sovereign state of Biafra on February 16, the same date the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has set aside for presidential and National Assembly elections in Nigeria.
Nnamdi Kanu in a statement by the spokesman for IPOB identified to be Emma Powerful, stated that the group (IPOB) would come out with the modalities for the referendum in a few days time.
The statement also maintained that the relocation of IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, to the United Kingdom from his home in Israel was basically to perfect arrangements for the referendum which is set to hold on February 16, a date INEC has set for Presidential and National Assembly elections.
The statement read in part:
“We wish to announce officially to the people of Biafra both home and in the Diaspora, friends of Biafra and lovers of freedom that our supreme leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is currently in London to join his family and see his child he hadn’t seen because of his illegal detention.
He will also discuss with IPOB top family members in London to finalize the way forward for the Biafra referendum that will hold on February 16, 2019.
“Kanu is currently meeting with IPOB high command in Europe to perfect plans for the referendum which will go side by side with the February 16 presidential poll.”
The statement also made it clear that the success of the referendum will determine if Biafra will no longer be under the bondage of one Nigeria.
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In addition, IPOB leader has a strong faith that Biafra will soon become a sovereign nation and Nigerians will be too late to realize it when it finally happens.
The statement also read that there would be a peaceful and rancour-free referendum because there would be an international audience who will be present on that day to check and monitor the process.