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Atiku not Nigerian, caused Ekwueme’s presidential loss in 1999 – Nnamdi Kanu

Premium Times | The self-exiled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has stirred another controversy from his hideout, alleging that Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not a citizen of Nigeria but a Cameroonian “indigene”.

Nnamdi Kanu

“Do you know that Atiku Abubakar is from Cameroon? His area of Adamawa was in Cameroon”, Nnamdi Kanu said in a live broadcast on Radio Biafra which commenced 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Mr Kanu did not provide any evidence for his allegation, just as he provided none when he claimed President Muhammadu Buhari had been replaced with a look-alike from Sudan named Jibril.

The live broadcast, monitored on the ‘Radio Biafra’ Facebook page, comes four months after social media went agog over a video showing Mr Kanu praying in Israel 13 months after he disappeared with whereabouts unknown.

Atiku Abubakar

Many IPOB supporters accused the military of killing the IPOB leader. His trial for felony was also stalled due to his absence as his lawyer insisted he was either killed or kidnapped by soldiers who attacked his family house during the military exercise.

Although the video of his first appearance last October showed him in Israel, the Israeli government said Mr Kanu had not entered the country recently and the video could be an old one.

The separatist leader was however said to have made Saturday’s broadcast from his hideout in London.

He blamed Mr Abubakar for Alex Ekwueme’s failure in the 1999 presidential primary of the PDP.

“Some of you do not understand that the person behind the failure of Ekwueme in 1999 during PDP convention was Atiku.”

Mr Ekwueme, a former vice president of Nigeria, lost the presidential ticket of the PDP in 1999 to Olusegun Obasanjo. Mr Obasanjo later picked Mr Abubakar as his running mate and won the election. He governed the country for eight years with Mr Abubakar as his vice.

Mr Kanu also took shots at President Muhammadu Buhari whom he has continued to refer to as “Jibril” over his illegal removal of Nigeria’s chief justice, Walter Onnoghen.

“Nobody is saying you cannot remove the chief justice but there are certain procedures to follow. But someone will sit down in Aso rock and say “I won’t follow the procedure.”

“That was what I’m saying about black people. Look at what they are doing to people, imagine what they would do if they win again.”

The IPOB leader also reiterated his call for a boycott of the February 16 elections, calling on all “Biafrans” to sit at home on election day.

“By voting, all you are doing is perpetuating the misery of our people.

“To vote in the zoo means to endorse 1999 fraudulent constitution. By voting, all you are doing is perpetuating the misery of our people.”

The boycott fall, going by previous similar ones, may be ignored by Igbos. A similar one made during the Anambra governorship election was ignored by voters in the South-eastern state.

Mr Kanu said the boycott can only be called off if the government “agrees to sign the documents given to them.”

“Those pressuring me to call off the election boycott know what to do. Sign that document I gave to you and I will call off the election boycott, you know what the document contains.”

IPOB recently announced February 16 as the date for a referendum to ascertain the number of Nigerians who want a separate Biafra republic through a peaceful and democratic process.

February 16 is the date for Nigeria’s presidential election.

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8 comments

  1. Is Atiku an ambazombian.
    If yes he needs to be extradited to Yaoundé for processing

    • Let your God, Mr. Biya, do that let`s see. His corruption, has a limit.
      Well come back from your shamefull leave of late. Ha ha, where are the rest?
      The chickens that went home to roast.

  2. so nnamdi kanu with the desire to become president of the immaginary biafra republic does not know that cameroon and nigeria is an aryan geo-political creation of150 years ago?our strategic mistakes was to have accepted multipartism,a strategic trap set on our path.they knew that once we accepted it,we shall stagnate for centuries to come with no clearly coordinated collective strategy of economic transformation base logical calculations.once in this trap,everything will be focused on who is president.forgetting the essential which is getting the masses to work,as it is in the kick off phase of economic transformation and modernization.how do we break from such a dengerous cercle where ignorance is created,and maintained by opposing the same people in different camps through parties?

  3. it makes me laugh when i see people protesting against mvondo biya,claiming that he is the reason why we have not done well economically.it is prove that they do not understand that the current system of multipartism is against economic transformation because it promotes short term thinking.but economic transformation demands long term thinking.planning the economy in stages,from the foundation agriculture to industry,and manufacturing of technology and capital intensive goods demands the same team to be in place for more than thirthy years to see it through.if not we shall find ourselves in a situation where we start from nothing every five years after government change.there is no continuity,following a consistent long term strategy of economic growth in stages.

  4. one tragedy with the system of changing leaders every five to seven years is that rational thinking is simply pushed aside.people think from the position of their party,not the economic potential of their country.here is a good example.let us take benin to make our point.to the north it has vast empty on occupied agriculture land with water falls in nearly every village.and in the south it has a sea port with the population concentrated in cotonou.looking at the countries potentail,a rational economic strategy will be to concentrate all resources in the north,develope its agriculture potential,build industries using cheap energy generated from its water falls .then using the capital accumulated in the north to transform the south.

  5. @bah, the people are protesting against biya, because he lacks the knowledge that
    you have. Once he puts you by his side, you will just turn around, and act like your
    friends and brothers: ngole ngole, atanga nji, yang etc. etc. And since biya can not
    move to the mountain and the mountain is fixed, that is why folks are told that biya
    does not know what is happening in his vine yard. So, there must be a protest and the
    people, are right.
    And it looks, like some of your friends on this forum, just hearing about the riots at
    the foreign embassies, have quickly become biya by staying quiet. Or, is it wrong to
    say Ras Tuge etc, hybinating?

    • JOSHUA,,,,does the chinese producing cassava in cameroon,transforming to muyondo and garri exporting to paris,bruxelles,london and selling to african people in these cities know the name of the president of cameroon?no,they do not.yet they transport their cassava using the roads we say are impossible to use.how do they do it that we can not?

  6. Brown Sugar (Abuja)

    Hahahahahaha everybody in Naija are foreigners. The country should be shared among Ambazonia, Chad, Niger, and Benin Republic, how about that.