It has become necessary for me to issue this public statement by way of Legal Notice and clear the air regarding the “order” issued by Mr Nnamdi Kanu that elections will not hold in the whole Biafraland starting with Anambra State. I make this Statement on behalf of the Supreme Council of Elders.
Nnamdi Kanu is not the Founder and Leader of the body known as INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF BIAFRA which the Nigerian Government has recognised by Judicial Notice in Suit No. FHC/OW/CS/192/2013 in the Federal High Court Owerri. The body known as Indigenous People of Biafra consists of the people led by the Supreme Council of Elders.
Few weeks ago, Nnamdi Kanu visited the Supreme Council of Elders and apologised for the evils he did which he described as minor misunderstandings and was advised by the elders to humble himself and be obedient to the rule of law and the instructions laid down by the Customary Government of Indigenous People of Biafra. The Supreme Council of Elders has directed all Indigenous People of Biafra to participate in the elections and vote for only hardcore Biafran activists.
The return of Nnamdi Kanu to the original IPOB was described by Dr Law Mefor as the return of a prodigal son to his family. The current news as reported by various media platforms that Nnamdi Kanu had “ordered” all the Biafrans to boycott the elections in Biafraland shows that he is still a prodigal son and has not truly returned to the family from where he was excommunicated for his past misbehaviour.
When Mr Nnamdi Kanu was excommunicated by the Supreme Council of Elders of Indigenous People of Biafra many years ago, he took our name and registered it as a private limited liability company in London known as Indigenous People of Biafra Ltd and announced on Radio Biafra London that he had dissolved the Supreme Council of Elders and become the founder and leader of Indigenous People of Biafra.
The Nigerian Press started promoting him and ignored us, the original Indigenous People of Biafra who had been in Court with the Federal Government of Nigeria since 2012. As he had run away with our Internet Radio, he had the upper hand with media propaganda being also promoted by the Nigerian Press which presented him as the face of the Biafran Struggle and ignored the Supreme Council of Elders whose Chairman is His Royal Majesty, His Lordship, the Honourable Justice Eze Ozobu OFR with his Deputy as Dr Dozie Ikedife.
The Nigerian Press did not want the world to know the eminent personalities behind the legitimate struggle but decided to promote a man whose mouth was filled with abuses, insults and uncouth language. The Nigerian Government helped to promote him and cause confusion in the legitimate struggle founded under the control of the eminent Elders.
LET THE NATION TAKE NOTICE THAT the decision of the Supreme Council of Elders is final in the affairs of Indigenous People of Biafra.
The “order” purportedly made by Nnamdi Kanu that all Indigenous People of Biafra should boycott the elections is hereby cancelled. I describe that “order” as a foolish order and superlative stupidity. He has bitten more than he can chew.
He is not the vision bearer and founder of the body known as INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF BIAFRA. He was in the Radio Biafra when we created that body as the plaintiffs in the case between Biafra and Nigeria who sued in a representative capacity. He knew when we were looking for the Elders of Biafraland to sign the documents I filed in Court for the case between Biafra and Nigeria but he hid his father from us as many Elders were afraid to sign the document for fear of being arrested by the Federal Government. It was recently that we knew that his father is a Traditional Ruler. He has no power to stop the people from voting in the elections for any candidates of their choice.
It appears that Nnamdi Kanu does not yet understand that propaganda has an expiry date. His power of propaganda has expired.
The Biafrans have known the truth. He promised them Biafra before the end of 2015 but we are now in 2017.
He used his mouth to destroy every structure we created for the Biafran Struggle by legal methodology but the structures we created are on solid foundations that cannot be destroyed.
He made the youths to believe that there were 88 countries that had supported Biafra who would fight against Nigeria but these youths were killed by the Nigerian soldiers and no country came to their rescue.
He asked them to donate money called the Biafran Defence Funds but the Biafran youths were not defended against the killing, massacre and brutality in the hands of the Nigerian soldiers.
If the Biafran youths try to stop the election in Anambra State, the Presidency will activate its constitutional powers of emergency rule and declare a “state of emergency” over Anambra State and appoint a military Sole Administrator from Abuja to govern Anambra State. Is this what Nnamdi Kanu has planned with the APC-led Federal Government? Does he not know the law or does he not have a lawyer to advise him?
We cannot allow Abuja to impose a military Sole Administrator on any part of Biafraland. We shall not give them the opportunity to do so. The Biafrans have known the truth. They know that Nnamdi Kanu’s propaganda leads to their untimely death while the propagandist enjoys himself. He has been made a “supreme leader” by his followers and only people like Emeka Emekesiri can speak sense into him.
The Bible says that open rebuke is better than secret love. I rebuke him in love to withdraw from this foolish order he gave to his followers. Even if his followers obey him, it will not stop the election from holding because the Nigerian Constitution did not prescribe the number of votes required to win the gubernatorial election. Only one family can cast their votes and a winner will be declared!
I therefore call upon and urge all Indigenous People of Biafra who are wise and obedient to the rule of law to ignore the foolish order issued by Nnamdi Kanu to boycott the elections. The elections must hold and we must vote into power the hardcore Biafran activists who will pass the Biafran Bill into law to prepare for our Referendum that will lead to our eventual exist from Nigeria. Everything has a process.
Emeka Emekesiri, Esq.
Vision Bearer and Solicitor for Indigenous People of Biafra.