The controversy surrounding the whereabouts of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has finally been laid to rest as he was sighted yesterday praying in a Jewish synagogue in Israel.
This much has been confirmed by both his family and the leadership of IPOB.
His reappearance has however elicited concern by the apex Igbo group, Ohanaeze, which called on the pro-Biafra agitators to shun further agitation which many lead to another confrontation with the military, which is organizing another operation python dance in the Southeast.
Nnamdi Kanu, has remained the flagship of the Biafra struggle in the Southeast after the establishmen of his organization, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) .
Kanu who was based in London, UK, was arrested on October 14, 2015 in Lagos upob arrival from UK to strategize on his dream project of actualizing the state of Biafra. He was detained for nearly two years without trial despite several court rulings, granting him bail.
However, in a surprise move, Justice Binta Nyako, handling Kanu’s case, on May 5, 2017, granted him bail on health grounds and adjourned the matter to November of the same year. Before the adjourned date, soldiers on September 21, 2017, invaded the palace of the traditional ruler of Afara Ukwu, HRM (Eze) Isaac Kanu which also doubles as the IPOB leader’s home.
Since after the invasion, Kanu and his parents had not been seen or their whereabouts known until yesterday when the IPOB leader was sighted praying in Israel.
Months before the invasion of his home, the leader of (IPOB) had told this newspaper in an exclusive interview that he feared for his life as the Nigerian Army was planning to kill him over his resolve not to abandon the agitation for the actualization of a state of Biafra.
Speaking on the latest development, the spokesman of the Kanu family, Prince Emmanuel Kanu, confirmed that his elder brother and leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Nnamdi actually prayed in Israel yesterday.
“Yes, I can confirm to you that my elder brother and leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu prayed at a Jewish synagogue in Israel today, Friday and it is the first since he got missing over a year ago when the military invaded our home.”
He said despite the fact that his parents were yet to be seen, the family members are happy that their son, Nnamdi is alive. He refused to make further comments saying the family would issue a statement later.
Reacting to the reappearance of Nnamdi Kanu in Israel, the National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze, Uche Achi-Okpaga, said it is something to give glory to God, and called on IPOB members not to engage in any activity that will give room for soldiers to kill them.
He said: “If he is alive, and enjoying his freedom, we give God the glory and pray that the Lord will continue to sustain him in spite of the shenanigans of the Federal Government.
I will continue to appeal to our Igbo youths to remain steadfast and peaceful. What it shows is that, their leader, Nnamdi Kanu going to pray is a peaceful man. In spite of what happened, he just left and connected to his God. He was seen praying, which means that he has realised that the battle is not carnal, but spiritual.
“I implore his members to emulate him and follow his footsteps. Let them remain calm, while they pray unto their God, who eventually will do something at the appropriate time. The Bible we read says there is time for everything. If they believe, the Lord will actually make it for them in His own way.
I don’t want them to take to violent act, of course, they have never been violent; I don’t want them to take measures that the python dancers will see reasons to pounce on them; they should not take measures that will warrant the python dancers to come and dance on them.
“What they do is to leave Boko Haram ravaged North East and areas where herdsmen are sacking communities in North Central states and come to the Southeast that is the peaceful zone to kill unarmed youths. We warn again, our youths should not do something that will make the python soldiers to come and start dancing.”