Radio Biafra which has resumed operations aired a programme between 6 am -7 am on Sunday, Nov. 12, wherein a lady announcer, who gave her name as Ifeoma Okorafor, stated that the radio was restructuring.
The announcer shocked her audience when she stated that “Mazi Nnamdi Nwanekaenyi Kanu, the former Director of Radio Biafra is hereby dismissed and removed as Director of Radio Biafra following extensive and intensive consultations” and will be replaced with one Mazi Ezenwachukwu Sampson Okwudili.
Explaining why the reasons behind Kanu’s dismissal, the announcer said:
“Personalisation of the Biafran struggle and derailing from the core objectives of IPOB as a grassroots movement.
“Kanu’s actions and his decisions to incite members of IPOB towards violence leading to the death of many innocent young people in Onitsha, Aba and Umuahia is totally unacceptable and grossly irresponsible.
“Kanu privately collected £14 million and another $22 million to purchase landed properties abroad in his name and that of his father, Igwe Israel Kanu, in a clear case of ‘monkey dey work baboon dey chop’.
“Kanu turned our collective struggle into a money-making enterprise for himself and his father. Thus the monies contributed by enterprising and hard-working Igbo youths across the world are being collected and converted by one man and his father while pretending to be sacrificing for the cause.
“Upon his release from detention in April 2017, one expected Kanu to drum up support for the release of his colleagues and co-detainees such as Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi. These are our brothers who were arrested at the same time with him and they should not be forgotten. We hereby demand their release. Kanu, since his release, has never spoken about them or appealed for the release of these our freedom fighters. Instead, he has been going about collecting chieftaincy titles and having a messianic swagger that even allowed full-blooded Igbo men to kneel down and kiss his feet.
“Kanu threw away the original meaning of our collective struggle for personal gain and vain glorification. IPOB believes in democracy as a solid base of any modern state, the rule of law, and will always reject violence in all its ramifications.”
The announcement has been met with mixed reactions in Nigeria especially given IPOB’s claim that Kanu was allegedly killed by Nigerian Army when they invaded his home and the mystery surrounding his whereabouts.
For instance, a human rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Festus Keyamo has joined many others in mocking IPOB following the news of Kanu’s sack as director of Radio Biafra.
Wondering why IPOB, who had alleged that Kanu was killed during the military raid in his hometown, was still announcing his removal ‘in the grave’, Keyamo rhetorically asked if Biafra is now a zoo. In a tweet, he wrote:
“So, after IPOB earlier claimed the Army killed Kanu, did they wake him from d grave to ask him questions over allegations against him before sacking him as their leader? Or did they sack him without hearing from him? Would that not be the style of animals in a zoo? Is Biafra now a zoo?”