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Elections Boycott: Mind Your Business – IPOB Warns Asari Dokubo

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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has carpeted ex-Niger Delta agitator, Alhaji Asari Dokubo, who said that the group’s plot to boycott elections in the South East and South South geopolitical zones was suicidal and would not help its Biafra cause.

In a statement, Dokubo had faulted a call by IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu for the group members to boycott the 2019 general election until the Federal Government announced a date for Biafra referendum.

Dokubo said the call for boycott would only empower those who oppose Biafra referendum to get better access to the treasury, which can then be used to further frustrate the Biafra struggle.

He advised IPOB to emulate pro-independent elements in Spain, Northern Ireland and Palestine, who, instead of boycotting elections, contested elections and won seats in a bid to further push their own agenda.

But IPOB said the examples given by Dokubo were incongruent with the IPOB situation in Nigeria.

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The group further said it would not sacrifice its principles on the altar of political expediency like Dokubo was advising it to do.

The group’s Deputy Leader, Uche Mefor disclosed these in a statement.

He said, “Whether Catolonia, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Hamas, used election to control their territories or not, that is their business. Their examples are incongruent and serves no purpose in our circumstance as it stands. On our part, IPOB has taken a decision to use civil disobedience manifesting in so many ways including election boycott and that we must do.

“We do not believe in the recalibration nor extinguishing of our avered principles on the altar of political expediency and certainly, don’t need any lectures on what or how to go about the path we have chosen.

“Hamas started by fighting wars, IRA started by fighting wars and same with Catalonia and even Scotland and these violences gave rise to their attaining political statuses they have today. Why then are those who claim to be Biafra freedom fighters not fighting like Hamas, IRA, etc if citing them is a standard?”

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