Biafra groups to Southeast politicians – Forget election in 2019

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FILE - In this May 28, 2017 file photo, Uboha Damia, a 75-year -old Biafra veteran, holds a Biafra flag as members of the Biafran separatist movement gathered during an event in Umuahia, Nigeria. Nigeria's military on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 named the Indigenous People of Biafra a terrorist organization, targeting a movement that 50 years ago tried to create a state for the Igbo people. (AP Photo/Lekan Oyekanmi, File)

A coalition of pro-Biafra groups has warned political parties and aspirants of various political parties planning to campaign in the southeast in 2019 to forget embarking on such mission. This is even as they insisted that there won’t be any election in the entire Old Eastern region in 2019.

The groups; Biafra Defence Council”, All Youths for Biafra, among others said that they want the restoration of the Biafra republic which would liberate the people of the former Eastern region from oppression from the Nigerian government.

The groups lamented that the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari had failed to protect lives and properties of Biafrans and urged the President to free Biafrans from oppression.

Briefing newsmen in Aba, spokesmen for the groups Comrade Sunny Okeh and Chidi Otah, said, ”Politicians from the former Eastern region should not be deceived , there will be no election anywhere in Biafra land in 2019.

“We are issuing this warning to our politicians that what ought to be paramount to them should the restoration of the Biafra republic. Election is not the solution to the problem of Biafra.
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“We have been electing people to political offices, but this has only brought untold suffering and hunger to the people.

“We are using this medium to warn political parties and aspirants to stop any form of campaign in Biafra land.

”We want to re-emphasize that there will no election in Biafra land in 2019.The international community has been informed and Biafrans sensitized. No force can challenge out resolve. It is our determination to restore Biafra where its people will greater freedom and accommodation.”

The groups added that they have mapped out strategies to ensure that no electoral activity is held in all the territories of the Eastern region.