The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has called for a boycott of the upcoming Nigerian elections. This is a serious decision with far-reaching consequences. If IPOB supporters follow through on this boycott, it will benefit the current government and hurt the people of Nigeria.
The current government is led by President Muhammadu Buhari. Buhari is a controversial figure. He has been accused of human rights abuses, corruption, and incompetence. He has also been criticized for his handling of the Boko Haram insurgency.
A boycott of the elections would give Buhari a free pass to continue his policies. It would also send a message to the international community that Nigeria is not a democracy. This could lead to further isolation and sanctions.
The people of Nigeria would be the ones who suffer the most if there is a boycott of the elections. They would be denied a voice in their own government. They would also be more vulnerable to the abuses of the current government.
IPOB has legitimate grievances. The people of Biafra have been marginalized and discriminated against for decades. However, a boycott of the elections is not the answer. It will only make things worse.
The best way to achieve change in Nigeria is through the ballot box. IPOB supporters should vote for candidates who will represent their interests. They should also hold their elected officials accountable. This is the only way to ensure that the people of Nigeria have a voice in their own government.
In addition to the above, here are some other reasons why a boycott of the elections would be harmful to the people of Nigeria:
- It would lead to a decrease in voter turnout, which would make it easier for the current government to win.
- It would give the current government a pretext to crack down on dissent, which could lead to further human rights abuses.
- It would damage Nigeria’s reputation internationally, which could make it more difficult to attract investment and trade.
For all of these reasons, it is important for IPOB supporters to reconsider their decision to boycott the elections. Voting is the only way to ensure that the people of Nigeria have a voice in their own government.