By Chimaobi Nwaiwu.
Nnewi – Wife of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and Director of Radio, Mrs. Uchechi Okwu-Kanu has said that the arrest and continued incarceration of her husband is a catalyst for new Biafra agitation.
In a statement from United Kingdom made available to Vanguard, Mrs. Kanu said “the absence of my husband is mind-bending, it is inexplicable. I am practically a zombie but I am holding up, but it has not been easy since October 2015 he was arrested in Lagos”.
“The arrest of Nnamdi Kanu is the catalyst driving the new agitation. Hence, what could have taken years to achieve in terms of awareness and mobilization was achieved within a short frame of time. And this is testimony to the fact that IPOB through Radio Biafra did a lot of ground work prior to the arrest.
“If you recall I mentioned in December that most people are awaken by the call of this cause but you will agree with me now that almost every being in the whole world has Biafra on their lips both ‘for’ and ‘against’,”Okwu-Kanu continued.
Okwu-Kanu said she has lost faith in the Nigerian system, especially the judiciary, which she no longer believes is independent from the “executive and the legislative arms”, adding that the President Muhammadu Buhari once again proved to the world that he has not dropped military behavior even as a President of a country practicing democracy.
“Buhari controls the law so there is no faith in the judiciary, if the masses cannot get justice from where it should be given because it is controlled by the government, then there shouldn’t be a court after all.”
She however expressed satisfaction with her husband’s new defense team, headed by Chuks Mouma, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, adding that “the new team is working tirelessly to ensure the right justice is given. They have taken the trial to another level, the Ecowas Court.
The Nigerian government has always maintained that Nigeria’s unity was a priority for the country and that although peaceful pro-Biafran protests were welcome, but demanding the breakaway of the Biafran territories was against the Nigerian constitution.
Meanwhile, the IPOB in a statement signed by its Media and Publicity Officer, Mr. Emma Powerful said that IPOB will never stop its agitation until the leader Mr Kanu is released and Biafra is actualized, adding that all the antics of the All Progressive Congress led Federal Government through Department of state services DSS, will fall like park of card and the international community, and their insincerity exposed to international community.
Mr Powerful while addressing newsmen in Nnewi said they will resume their protest and agitation in the country, saying they have given the Federal government and the DSS time to obey the law and respect the orders of the court granting their leader bail but since they have decided to continue to disobey the law and flouting the court orders, IPOb will never obey the law of Nigeria which they claim they are not part of.