The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, was recently sighted in Jerusalem, in a video that surfaced on social media, after months of uncertainty surrounding his whereabouts.
Nnamdi Kanu was last seen in public in September 2017 after a raid on his country home in Abia State by the army, shortly after his release from prolonged detention on charges of treason.
In a live broadcast from Israel on Sunday (today), the IPOB leader thanked members of the group all over the world for standing by him. He said it’s because of IPOB members that he’s alive and he appreciates them.
He said Africa is nothing without Biafra and that he made a promise to God when he was in prison that Biafra must come to pass no matter what. He also said that many IPOB members have sacrificed their lives in the Biafran struggle as Israel sacrificed many lives before God restored them after 40 years.
He also said he prays for IPOB seven times everyday and God is his witness.
The IPOB leader said that he is currently in Israel and Biafra must come to pass because people are suffering and the leaders are doing nothing about that.
Kanu said after his bail from Prison last year, the government was trying to cage him with many conditions for his release but he refused. He said the president of Nigeria, ‘Jibril of APC’ sent his killers to wipe out his family, himself and his entire community in Abia. He said there was no justification for the military raid because he was preparing to go to court in Abuja before the military invaded him home.
He said that he is Nnamdi Kanu and that no mortal flesh can kill him (‘they have not given birth to that person’) and the government has failed to keep him quiet with their injustice.
He said he feels for Nigerians in the middle belt and he wishes they can join IPOB to liberate themselves.
He also said that all those that carried out the raid on his community last year and their collaborators will be brought to justice. He said anyone that sheds the blood of one single Biafran member will pay dearly for it.
He also thanked the non IPOB members who condemned the attack on his community. The IPOB leader also blasted governor of Abia state, Okezie Ikpeazu who he claimed sanctioned the military invasion on his home and collaborated in the proscription of the group.
He also mentioned some personalities whom he thanked for standing by him including the immediate past governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose and senator Abaribe among others.
He said that he never jumped bail and that his unavailability is due to the lies and wickedness peddled by the government against him because they are afraid of him and IPOB.
He said their intention was to kill him because they know if he goes to court the country will not be the same. He said they didn’t want him to prove his innocence but Nigeria can’t jail him because he will seriously fight the case.
He said he is not a Nigerian but a Biafran because he renounced the country in 2015.
He said he has committed no offence at all and what they are charging him with does not exist and he’s not a terrorist and that IPOB would not relent and participate in any election until a referendum is conducted. He said IPOB are civilised people and the Biafran struggle is not negotiable.