Amaka Ekwo, the former Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB’s) New Media and Special Duties Coordinator and Press Secretary to Nnamdi Kanu says “if you want to defeat Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, start your agitation and make more achievements than him for people to follow you”.
Ekwo made known her thoughts on Thursday via her known Twitter handle.
Diaspora-based Kanu attracts so much controversy with his outlawed organization. But he is well-loved by majority of his people in Nigeria’s South-East region.
The group he leads, IPOB, wants Igbos to be free from Nigeria, saying staying as one has not positively impacted citizens.
The Biafran plan is not new. In 1967 Igbo leaders declared a Biafran state, but after a brutal civil war, which led to the deaths of up to a million people, the secessionist rebellion was defeated.
But the idea of separatism has bubbled away since then and Kanu is the latest in a line of Biafran activists taking up the cause.
He was a relatively obscure figure until 2009 when he started Radio Biafra, a station that called for an independent state for the Igbo people and broadcast to Nigeria from London.
Though he grew up in Nigeria’s south-east and went to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Kanu moved to the UK before graduating.
After spending more than a year-and-a-half in a Nigerian jail without trial on treason charges, Kanu is now free on bail. Although he still has court case to answer in Nigeria.