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“I desire Biafra, I want Biafra, I want nothing else other than Biafra - Nnamdi Kanu

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, yesterday restated his commitment to the actualisation of a state of Biafra. Kanu vowed that nothing would make him to give up in the struggle and restoration of Biafra Republic.

He made the declaration yesterday in Enugu when he paid a thank-you visit to the Eastern Consultative Assembly (ECA) in Enugu.

He said: “I desire Biafra. I want Biafra. I want nothing else other than Biafra. I will not settle for anything else other than Biafra.

That was what I was born to do and that is what I will do till the day Biafra will come that we may live as free men on this very earth as the Most High God, Chukwu Okike Abiama ordained it.” He added: “On those we left behind, we are making effort to see that they come out because they committed no crime.

All we are seeking for is freedom; a return to the values we had before the advent of white men. A situation where people move their cows into our farms and slaughter our people will no longer be acceptable.” Kanu was recently granted bail by an Abuja Federal High Court presided over by Justice Binta Nyako. The bail conditions were considered stringent, even though Kanu fulfilled it.

Three other defendants standing trial with Kanu, namely Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi are still being detained. On the bail conditions given to him by the court, he described it as obnoxious and unconstitutional, vowing to challenge it in the days ahead.

The IPOB leader was received by top members of the ECA, including Mrs. Maria Okwor, Evang. Elliot Ugochukwu-Ukoh, among others. While expressing his gratitude for support showed to him by the two groups, Kanu said he chose the option of fighting to liberate the people of Biafra and that there was no going back.

“I have chosen the option that we must be free as a people; that we must be liberated as a race and that we must have every freedom, due to us, God-given and I would not want to go to heaven to experience it; I want to experience it here. “I thank all of you that worked very hard, especially the Igbo Youth Movement; I must be specific, and the Eastern Consultative Assembly and all the market men, market women, those that closed their shops to see us and all those who made efforts to ensure that I was not consumed.

“I thank all of you; those who contributed to my being here today, because without your pressure, I don’t think I will be here. However, the work is not done yet, we need to finish it,” he said. When approached for interview by the media, Kanu declined, citing the bail conditions given to him by the court. Meanwhile, Eze Israel Kanu, the traditional ruler of Isiama Afaraukwu in Umuahia, has appealed to the Federal Government to withdraw all the charges against his son, Nnamdi Kanu.

He noted that no amount of inducement, even allocation oil bloc, would not stop Kanu’s agitation for Biafra. Kanu, who made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Umuahia yesterday, said such measure would help to foster peace and douse tension in the country.

“I call on the Federal Government to immediately withdraw all the charges preferred against Kanu in the interest of peace in the country. “He did not commit murder. He did not carry arms; neither did he commit any heinous crime to warrant such a government clampdown.

“His only offence was that he expressed his opinion in a democracy where people are free to express themselves without the fear of arrest or molestation,” he said. The monarch said he was not in a position to stop his son from pursuing his conviction, adding that Nnamdi was mature enough to hold an independent opinion. “He is more than 18 years of age and has become an adult. He is capable of having an independent opinion on any issues.

So, I cannot ask him to stop pursuing what he believes in. “The only thing that can assuage him is to allow him to have Biafra and no amount of inducement, even giving him an oil block, would stop him,” he said.

He assured that his son would not betray the trust the sureties reposed in him. He said that while in his palace, young able-bodied members of IPOB volunteered to restrict the number of visitors around him “so that he does not go over of one of the bail conditions.”

The visibly elated octogenarian described the two-year incarceration of his son as a period of depression. “Very often, I kept wondering what would be his fate and hoping also that he would not die in detention. I had very strong hope that God would not allow him to die in the cell,” he said.

Nnamdi, who was arrested on October 14, 2015, had been standing trial at an Abuja High Court on an 11-count charge bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter and illegal possession of firearms, among others.

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