Ebele Enyioma, Aba
As the leader of the Independent People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu remains in detention, it has been gathered that leaders of the SouthEast region are presently divided over his detention. This is the reason why there have been no calls or resolutions from any major Igbo body for his release be it conditional or unconditional.
It was gathered that a number of South East leaders are not keen to ask for his release because of some of the comments and actions of the IPOB leader made earlier against them, some of them even stuck out their necks for Kanu during his first stint in detention only for Kanu to insult them and call for them to be attacked upon his release.
Realpoliticsnigeria.ng gathered also that a number of those not keen to seek his release were those who were scared of being tagged as IPOB sympathisers or closet Biafrans.
Information gathered shows that a number of attempts have been made to get Igbo leaders to speak with one voice on Kanu’s detention but such attempts have been rebuffed by the two categories of leaders mentioned earlier. The attempts were said to have been spearheaded by a sitting SouthEast senator and the President General of the Pan Igbo group, Ohanaeze NdiIgbo, Dr. George Obiozor.
A source close to the SouthEast senator who made knowledge of the attempts to get a majority of Igbo leaders to demand for Nnamdi Kanu’s release, painted the said senator’s frustrations on how a number of his colleagues in the National Assembly had declined to participate.
” One would have expected that those who call themselves Igbo leaders would by now have come together to demand the release of Nnamdi Kanu from detention. Surprisingly, these leaders have chosen to do otherwise and perhaps sit on the fence while others want him to stew in detention since he had called them names and at certain times allegedly orchestrated attacks against them. This has thus rubbished whatever efforts may have been made for the collective voice of the region to be heard loud and clear. ”
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was arrested in Kenya on the 27th of June , 2021 and was to face trial on the 27th of July, 2021 but was adjourned owing to the failure of the DSS to produce him in court.