This year’s Commonwealth Games will start on April 4 and end on April 15.
Edwards arrived on the Gold Coast as part of the Nigerian team but is ineligible to compete because he represented Britain at the European Junior Championships in 2009.
And the 27-year-old who was born in Manchester but has a Nigerian mother and citizenship, has protested against the IAAF decision with a home-made sign in the athletes’ village, according to the BBC.
“It was nine years ago – it is a worse sentence that a drug cheat gets,” Edwards told BBC Sport.
“I am walking around the village with my Nigerian kit and unsure if I can even walk in the stadium and represent.
“It is nearly a decade since I last competed in an international championship, I feel I am being robbed of that opportunity right in front of my eyes.
“I am willing to protest every day in the village. I will do it until I receive a call from [IAAF president] Seb Coe. If he can’t do that he is a coward.
“As a fellow athlete, he can’t hide behind his desk – that is heartless.”
The IAAF claim, however, that the Athletics Federation of Nigeria only got in contact on Friday, emailing the governing body a copy of Edwards’ Nigerian passport with no further message.
It insists that he would not be able to jump for Nigeria regardless, the BBC further reported.
“The transfer of allegiance is still frozen in cases where an athlete has represented an IAAF member federation in international competition,” read a statement.
“Given these circumstances, under current IAAF rules, he is not eligible to represent another country.”
With the start of the high jump competition a little over a week away, Edwards believes his case deserves an urgent and sympathetic hearing.
“I knew there was more significance behind representing Nigeria – they have not had a male high jumper at the Commonwealth Games in 50 years,” he added.
“Representing England? They are taking three guys, they don’t need me.
“I can’t look back at this opportunity and say I passed it up to be another number.”
Edwards told the BBC that he has made “countless” personal calls to the IAAF to try and gain permission to compete for Nigeria.
“I should not be penalised as an adult for a decision that I made as a juvenile,” he said.
“My competitors are not the guys on the field now, they are the federation.
“Just to compete would be a gold medal for me.”