Wife of Pro-Biafran activist, Nnamdi Kanu has spoken out concerning why her husband supports the Biafran struggle.
In an interview with IBTimes UK, Uchechi Okwu-Kanu explains why her husband advocates for the independence of Biafra.
She says Kanu is a prisoner of conscience who was arrested for advocating self determination.
” It is the British who laid the foundation of Nigeria… And these people [ethnicities and tribes of Nigeria] are of different culture, different religion, different belief, different understanding of life.”
“So we all are different in several ways, in every way. So, we are not actually meant to be together. You must have heard about the Biafran war. My mom was born then, a few years before the war. We sort of defended ourselves. We defended ourselves for over a long period of time,”
“We don’t have better schools, we don’t have better roads, we don’t have anything, not even jobs.
“ So that is why what they are doing is to leave. So, I would say referendum is not a bad idea, it is not a bad option, but the people need to understand why we want Biafra.”
“And that’s what Nnamdi Kanu is doing, sanitising his people, creating awareness. And you can see that a lot of people have woken up from their slumber. Most people who are sleeping have come to realise that this is really what it should be. I mean, if he is released and then he stops, it means he’s been defeated or he doesn’t know what he wanted in the first place.
“But if you know the reason why you are asking for something: you are asking for bread because you are hungry, and then you are thrown into jail. Then you released from the jail, but still didn’t receive your bread, you are still hungry. So he would continue, he will, yes.”
Nnamdi Kanu was arrested by the Nigerian secret police, Department of State Security (DSS) on October 14, 2015 at the Golden Tulip Essential Lagos Airport Hotel, Lagos.
said Kanu was apprehended
Kanu is the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and director if Radio Biafra. He was apprehended on charges of criminal conspiracy and treason.
IPOB and other pro-Biafran groups call for the independence of the defunct Biafra Republic, established in 1967 and reannexed to Nigeria in 1970 after a bloody 30-month civil war which claimed two million lives.