Nnamdi Kanu, the embattled leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) and Director, Radio Biafra has been sacked from both positions. This information which came unexpectedly from Radio Biafra which resumed operations today caught many off-guard and it remains to be seen how the story will pan out.
According to the radio station, he is replaced by Mazi Ezenwachukwu Sampson Okwudili.
The news which was read by a certain Ifeoma Okoroafor stated that the radio was restructuring and neede to take those steps.
A local newspaper – the Dailypost began the announcement thus:
The international media arm of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Radio Biafra, has resumed operations.
But instead of the fiery rhetoric with which it was associated with, the radio announced the sack of Nnamdi Kanu, as director and leader of IPOB.
This is a departure from what is normally heard from the radio station which expouses the cause of the Biafra nation.
According to the broadcaster – Ifeoma Okoroafor the face of the Biafran struggle was removed due to the”personalisation of the Biafran struggle and derailing from the core objectives of IPOB as a grassroots movement.”
She further went on to state that:
“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 are 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.”
Having seen all these, the question remains: what remains of Nnamdi Kanu’s purported struggle as mixed reactions trail this announcement in traditional and new media?
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