Ahead of the coming general elections, the coalition of pro-Biafra groups has called on eligible Biafrans to get their Permanent Voter Card, PVC, to participate in the polls actively.
This was contained in a statement signed by Emeka Ibekwe. The group noted that it would embark on aggressive sensitisation of Ndigbos both within and outside the South East to participate in the coming polls fully.
The pro-Biafra groups reiterated their “irrevocable resolve” in seeking Biafra restoration through peaceful means. They asserted that if they boycotted the political process in Nigeria, it would not be in the best interest of their struggle.
The coalition of the Pro-Biafra groups urged “all Biafrans of voting age to quickly arm themselves with the Permanent Voter Card, PVC, for active participation in the 2023 polls”.
They stressed that “if people with a conscience” are being voted for, the government would no longer treat agitators of self-determination as terrorists but “as lawful citizens enforcing their fundamental human rights.”
They added that with the newly signed Electoral Act, it is optimistic that the fraud which characterises Nigeria elections would be bygone.
The groups stated, however, that their resolve to participate in the 2023 election would not end their struggle for Biafra. Rather they were laying the foundation that would fast-track its actualisation.
“We stand by our earlier resolution that Biafra must be achieved through the principles of non-violence and full engagement in the political processes of Eastern Nigeria.”
“We shall never resort to any form of violent activities or engage in anti-Biafra pursuit. We shall continue to maintain our non-violence posture.”
“The coalition has resolved to fully participate in the political processes and electioneering drive for the enthronement of true and selfless Igbo leaders for the occupation of our political spaces in Igbo land.”
The group stated further that it was time to take out selfish and greedy Igbo serving politicians and enthrone those who would genuinely pursue the agenda of re-building Igbo land like the late Michael Okpara and Sam Mbakwe did.
Giving their maximum support, the groups called on Bishop Sunday Onuoha to run the governorship race of Abia State.
They noted that the cleric had demonstrated capacity and genuine love for the good and future of Ndigbo, unlike “many money-conscious self-acclaimed bishops and general overseers.
“We unanimously support and urge Bishop Sunday Ndukwo Onuoha, President of Vision Africa International, to officially declare for the gubernatorial seat of Abia State because he is the only acceptable candidate to succeed Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu next year.
“Our motivation and conviction to support Bishop Onuoha are enormous: He has proven that he is a selfless Igbo leader, a bridge-builder, an eloquent representative of Ndigbo, a vocal critic against any form of injustice mostly against Igbo interest, a reputable grassroots mover with compassion.
“His wealth of knowledge in global humanitarian services, international endorsements and connections will propel him to take Abia State to her desired glory.”
Furthermore, the group urged patriotic Igbo with leadership capacity to vie for any political office of their choice in the 2023 polls, assuring them of support.
The pro- Biafra groups include Biafra Independence Organization, BIO; Igbo Revolutionary Movement, IRM; Eastern Peoples Renewal, EPR; Biafra Clergy Network, BCM; Biafra Rights Initiatives; among others.