The issue concerning the continued detention of the Biafran Activist, Nnamdi Kanu, has really drawn a lot of attention from different quarters. It is important to note that Mr. Kanu, the voice behind Radio Biafra, was arrested in 2015 and although he has since been granted bail by an Abuja Chief Magistrate Court, he is yet to be released. A statement issued by his lawyer, Vincent Egechukwu Obetta last year read in part;
“Our client was arrested by the agents of the State Security Services in his hotel room at Ikeja, Lagos state on Wednesday the 14th day of October, 2015 on suspicion of belonging to an unlawful society, criminal conspiracy and intimidation which are all bailable misdemeanor offences.”
As difficult as it was to fulfill the conditions for his bail, Mr. Kanu’s lawyer was able to make it possible. According to him,
“The Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Wuse II, Abuja, on 19th of October, 2015 granted our client bail in the most stringent condition of N10 million (ten million naira only) with one surety of grade level 16 in like sum and must be an owner of a landed property with an original, Certificate of Occupancy, within the Federal Capital Territory and for such landed property to be verified by the Prosecution from the State Security Service.
On 20th of October 2015, our Firm managed to meet with the bail conditions and duly informed the Prosecutor from the State Security Service as was ordered by the court.”
Nnamdi Kanu’s persistent detention has ignited protests in various parts of the country with crusaders demanding for his release and the actualization of an independent Biafran State.
Following these incessant protests, Bishop Amaechi Agbo, the General Overseer of Bethel House of God Mission, located in Enugu State, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari that the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu, would throw Nigeria into an unwanted crisis, making it needful to release him without further delay.
He further stated that if Mr. Kanu is not released, it will only amount to creating additional problems for the country. He also said that detaining Kanu will not put an end to the dream of making Biafra a reality, instead, it will give rise to a crises that will quicken the birth if the Biafran nation.
While speaking during a special service organised for Nigerian leaders, Bishop Agbo proclaimed that the quest to bring Biafra will eventually come true when the brewing crises will probably force a separation from Nigeria. According to him,
“As for Biafra, it will come to pass but not now. Crisis will force Nigeria to separate from Biafra and nobody can stop it at the appropriate time,”
While many followers of Mr. Kanu are still clamoring for his release, a contestant for the throne of Obi of Onitsha, Chief Godwin Odukwe, in his reaction to the continued incarceration of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has faulted the aggressive leader for being responsible for his own continued detention.
Odukwe while speaking to Vanguard on the occasion of his 50th marriage anniversary said,
“I personally believe that Mr. Kanu personally got himself incarcerated, his coming back to Nigeria, the abusive words and speech by him through Radio Biafra was unnecessary and uncalled for, it amounts to fanning the embers of war.
“I feel very bad over their agitation for a sovereign state of Biafra. Igbos suffered during the war, younger men who never knew what war looks like, are the people who have started talking about war by agitation for sovereign state of Biafra.”
Although Mr. Nnamdi Kanu might be out of line with his choice of words, one can hardly expect more from an active young man whose life revolves around the actualization of his pet project, The Biafran Nation! That notwithstanding, it is only right that the president of the nation adheres to the court order to release Kanu so as to stick to his pledge to abide by the rule of law which he swore to when he won the election in 2015 as advised by Falana, a Lagos-based lawyer and prevent imminent war.