Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the banned Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) on Sunday vowed to sacrifice everything to achieve freedom for his people in the 2023 general election.
According to him, every verbal attack IPOB had launched was designed to bring freedom for the people and nothing would stand in his way until Biafra is achieved.
“I will sacrifice anything sacrifiable to make sure I achieve Biafra. I have no cloth, I have nothing,” Kanu said.
“My aim is Biafra, nothing else will stand in my way until Biafra is restored so that the world will know that Biafra is a Divine project.”
According to him, the death of his parents in 2019 was “the supreme sacrifice” he has to pay in the struggle for the actualization of Biafra.
Kanu stated: “I sacrificed my father and mother. That is the supreme sacrifice to make sure that Biafra is restored.”
“I do not hate anybody I want everybody Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo to be freed in the land of their ancestors even if you want to have a country, everybody will come together willingly and voluntarily to join a union, not by force. That’s what I have been preaching from day one.”
This news platform recalls that Kanu 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 is broadcast to Nigeria from London.
Though he grew up in Nigeria’s south-east and went to the University of Nsukka, Kanu moved to the UK before graduating.
Soon after setting up the now-banned IPOB in 2014, he spoke to gatherings of the large Igbo diaspora, calling for Biafran independence.
The plan for a Biafra state 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.
Kanu is the latest in a line of ethnic Igbo activists taking up the cause of pushing for an independent state, saying the Igbos have been marginalized by successive Nigerian governments.