The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has provided ‘proof’ on his claims that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is from Cameroon.Nnamdi Kanu was asked by some Nigerians to give meaning to his recent claim about Atiku by showing proofs.
In a radio broadcast from London, the United Kingdom on Sunday night, Kanu clarified his comments, insisting that Atiku was originally from Cameroon but a product of 1961 referendum.
According to him, “Let me make it very clear that my reference to Atiku being born a Cameroonian has nothing to do with his suitability to contest the office of the presidency of Nigeria because that is the business of Nigerians, I am a Biafran.
“I was merely referencing the 1961 referendum that brought his part of Adamawa into Nigeria as a valid example that referendum is not an alien concept in Nigeria.
“Before we proceed any further tonight, I want those of you with Internet acmes to please go to Google and search for 1961 Referendum Nigeria.
“Southern Cameroons was the southern part of the British Mandate territory of British Cameroons in West Africa. Since 1961 it has been part of the Republic of Cameroon, where it makes up … In the plebiscite, Northern Cameroons voted for union with Nigeria, and Southern Cameroons for union with (the formerly French) …
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“A referendum on becoming part of Nigeria was held in Northern Cameroons in November 1959 … voting to postpone the decision. A second referendum was held in 1961, with 60% voting to join Nigeria and 40% voting to join Cameroon.
“When was Atiku born? 1946 (Please go back to Google and search for “Where is the birthplace of Atiku Abubakar?” You will come up with Jada
“Where was he born? Adamawa Northern Cameroun
“At the time of his birth was which nationality was he? British Cameroun
“When did Atiku become a Nigerian? 1961 after the referendum that allowed his part of Adamawa to become part of Nigeria.
“What did the constitution of Nigeria say about eligibility to run for office of the president? You must be born a Nigerian.
“Truthfully speaking, was Atiku born a Nigerian? No. He became a Nigerian by virtue of a referendum in 1961.
“Nigeria is that great Zoo where nobody obeys the law or what the constitution says. Myself, Dasuki, El Zakzaky, Onnoghen and many others are victims of a savage country and her disregard for the rule of law.”