Nnamdi Kanu

Mixed Reactions Trail the Re-arrest of IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu

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Following the re-arrest of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu on Sunday through what the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami termed “collaborative efforts of Nigerian Intelligence and Security Services”, there’s been mixed reactions from Nigerians.

Here are some of the reactions;

“I think it was well planned by the FG. It also goes to show that if the federal government really wants to get something done or bring someone down, it would be done by a click of their fingers.”~ Joel

“Well deserved. He is delusional and childish in his fight for a Nation. How can he think of annexing states that are clearly not Igbos and some not even Eastern geographically? He talks about Edo, Delta, Benue, Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River all being Biafra. Come on! He has not had consultations with them to even find out if they want to be part of his secessionist agenda or not. It clearly shows it is a pseudo fight for the Nation’s resources because not less than 80 percent of the Nation’s resources are found in these states.

I have also listened to him talk and he doesn’t strike me like an intelligent fellow. It is a good move. However, a  lot of people also feel the same vehemence with which the pursuit for the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu was done should also be extended to other vices bedeviling our Nation like kidnapping, banditry, insurgency, etc. They see a display of double standards in the approach of the Federal Government in fighting against crime in Nigeria. This is another angle to the matter.”~ George

Nnamdi Kanu’s re-arrest is highly diplomatic/sensitive. i) To let other agitators know that government can arrest anyone perceived to be in the opposition “anti-government” whenever they deem it necessary. They probably knew where he was all the while, not just time to pick him up; ii)To probably cut deal with/negotiate after letting him realize he is not invincible to them. He may ask his followers to embrace dialogue;

iii) Vested international interest in Nigeria. Some world powers that be have some sort of vested interest in Nigeria and wouldn’t want to blow up in flames now as IPOB has been threatened; iv) What will happen to him will just be the normal courthouse drama we have been seeing before. He will be charged with treason and not likely to be released soon; v) Judgment won’t be passed soon, he may be incarcerated without any pronouncements just to avoid reaction(s) from his followers and other agitators.”~ Michael.

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“To me, Nnamdi Kanu’s re-arrest is like addressing the symptoms without properly addressing the source of the problem. So government should address issues he is using to manipulate people.” ~Femi.

In 2015, Mr. Kanu was charged with criminal conspiracy, intimidation and membership of an illegal organization. He was later released after spending more than nineteen (19) months without trial on treason charges. He then left the country after his home in Abia State was raided by soldiers in 2017.

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Ruth Omorodion

Ruth Omorodion is a News writer, Reporter, Blogger and Media Enthusiast

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