“Nnamdi Kanu has become an embodiment of the determination of millions of people who have been pushed by the Nigerian State to the point of seeking a separate State. So, what you’ve in detention is not one Nnamdi Kanu but millions of Nnamdi Kanu. It’s political, not criminal,” Aloy Ejimakor, IPOB lawyer, posted via his Twitter handle yesterday.
The same platform the Nigerian government suspended on the ground of ‘misinformation’ after President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet was deleted as a result of rules violation.
The Easterners are reacting in their numbers since after the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu on 29th June, 2021. The one man who has the hearts of many clamoring for a separate government, the Biafra.
ALOY EJIMAKOR’S REACTION TO IPOB LEADER’S ARREST
Ejimakor came out boldly to speak up against Kanu’s arrest. He said self-determination should not be considered a crime. Although the charges mentioned against him at the Federal High Court of Abuja were about 11. He’s currently detained at the DSS facility until July 26.
The lawyer also emphasized that the international community should have protected Kanu’s political idea of gaining independence from Nigeria, rather they played a part in leading him back into the hands of the government.
British High Commission for Nigeria revealed that, UK is behind Nnamdi Kanu re-arrest and extradition, the UK High Commission spokesperson, Dean Hurlock reported.
According to Justice Binta Nyako, his trial will officially commence by then. This isn’t the first time the IPOB leader is being arrested by the Nigerian government. Kanu has also been arrested in October 2015 and charged for terrorism, treasonable felony among others.
Two years later, the face of the Half of a Yellow Sun separatists fled the country to the UK where he owns citizenship as well but never stopped inspiring Easterners to fight for freedom, while he was still abroad.
He also formed ESN (Eastern Security Network) last year to protect Easterners from the attacks of herdsmen terrorizing every corner of the country.
Kanu’s fight for Igbos to break away, dates back to 2009 when he opened an online radio called ‘Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’ (Radio Biafra) promoting secession. And by 2012, IPOB was founded.
However, IPOB isn’t getting the full support it needs. According to Nnamdi Obasi, the International Crisis Group Nigeria analyst, the Niger Delta regions continue to oppose the idea of a ‘new Biafra’.
By Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.